World Trade Center
Plane Crash Photo
This photo, titled UHOH.JPG
or MISSING(1).JPG, purports to show a hapless tourist posing on the
roof of the World Trade Center a split second before the first plane
Besides the more
obvious trimmings of a fake related to the WTC buildings
themselves (see the link below for more details), the photo
exhibited other clues to its lack of authenticity.
The tourist is dressed for
cold weather in a winter coat with a wool pullover hat, on what began as
a beautiful New York morning. The temperature was approximately 72
degrees (the morning low was 66 degrees); top wind speed that day was
less than 15 mph. Look at other photos taken that day of people and
you'll see no winter coats.
The photographer also seems
blithely unaware of the impending impact with the large airliner he
could clearly see in his viewfinder.
The news media (Gamma
Press) videotape of the first crash attack shows the plane
literally divebombing the building at a downward angle, with its
left wing tipped down. In the faked photo the plane is leveled.
While the sun is shining from the
guy's left, producing harsh shadows on the right side of his face,
the plane is evenly lighted from above.
The bottom line is, there
are lots of clues in this photo which shout FAKE!, and the digital
alterations were really pretty sloppy and should have been obvious,
but the photo has still been forwarded around the planet as a
supposed "tragic last moment" of someone's life.