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Two Hypotheses

At 9:03 a.m. EDT,on September 11, 2001, two different videos of a flying airplane and the exploding World Trade Center towerwere broadcast on live television. These two live video sequences are known as “Chopper 5” and “Chopper 7”. Subsequently, approximately 40 more videos of the same event emerged.At least 4 of these later videos depict an airplane entering the wall of the tower.

Two hypotheses have emerged to explain this:

  • The real airplane hypothesis – A real Boeing 767 airplane flew into the tower.
  • The video composite hypothesis – The jet crash was faked by inserting airplane images into otherwise authentic video footage.


Objective and Methods

Analyze the available videos, consider the principles of video compositing, Newtonian Physics, logic, and common sense to see which hypothesis prevails.

Materials

I call for release of any copy of any live 9/11 airplane video recorded live off of the television at 9:02-9:03 AM, EST, 9/11/01. Especially of interest is FOX Chopper 5. There are only two known copies of this video, and both have been altered.

  • FOX Chopper 5, Salter version. Videographer Kai Simonsen. Apparently recorded off live television, Los Angeles station FOX 11, on VHS tape by person unknown. Footage was allegedly obtained by Jim Hoffman, who gave it to Eric Salter. Digitized by Eric Salter as interlaced Quicktime, 720 x 480. Video has been brightened significantly.
  • FOX Chopper 5, Lawson version.Videographer Kai Simonsen Apparently recorded off live television, New York Station WNYW FOX 5, on VHS tape by person unknown. Footage was digitized by person unknown, as mp4, de-interlaced, with frame blending.
  • ABC Chopper 7. Videographer John Del Giorno. Original source unknown. Digitized by Eric Salter as interlaced Quicktime, 720 x 480.
  • CNN Ghostplane. Allegedly an amateur video shot by Michael Hezarkhani. Interlaced footage ripped from DVD, “CNN – America Remembers”.
  • Gamma Press. Videographer unknown. Footage is Flash Video downloaded from YouTube.
  • Evan Fairbanks. Videographer Evan Fairbanks. Interlaced footage ripped from DVD “In Memoriam – New York City 9/11/01”. Footage appears to have been reduced in quality prior to DVD encoding.
  • Naudet 1st explosion. Videographer Jules Naudet. Original video/film format unknown. Interlaced footage ripped from DVD “ 9/11 – Filmmaker’s Commemorative Edition”.
  • Naudet 2nd explosion. Videographer Jules Naudet. Original video/film format unknown. Interlaced footage ripped from DVD “ 9/11 – Filmmaker’s Commemorative Edition”.
  • Park Foreman. Allegedly an amateur video shot by Park Foreman. Interlaced footage ripped from “CNN –America Remembers”.
  • Control Case for Chopper 5 Wide Shot. Videographer Ace Baker. NTSC DV 720 x 480, horizontal resolution reduced 50% to mimic VHS.
  • Theory of Live 9/11 Airplane Composites. Educational video utilizing Chopper 5 (Salter) and Chopper 7, from above.
  • Theory of Non-Live (Edited) Airplane Composites. Educational video utilizing CNN Ghostplane, from above.

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