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Aircraft Hits World Trade Center

September 11, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ An aircraft crashed into the upper floors of one of the World Trade Center towers Tuesday morning, and black smoke poured out of two gaping holes, witnesses said. Shortly afterward a second plane hit the other tower.

The FBI is investigating reports that two plane crashes at the World Trade Center are the result of foul play, The Associated Press has learned.

There was no immediate word on injuries or fatalities in the twin disasters, which happened shortly before 9 a.m. and then right around 9 a.m.

The towers were struck by bombers in February 1993.

``The plane was coming in low and ... it looked like it hit at a slight angle,″ said Sean Murtagh, a CNN vice president, the network reported.

Large holes were visible in sides of the 110-story buildings, landmark twin towers.

``I was watching TV. and heard a sonic boom ...,″ witness Jeanne Yurman told CNN. ``The side of the world trade center exploded. Debris is falling like leaflets. I hear ambulances. The northern tower seems to be on fire.″

The tops of the twin towers were obscured by the smoke.

Thousands of pieces of what appeared to be office paper came drifting over Brooklyn, about three miles from the tower, one witness said.

The center bombing on Feb. 26, 1993, killing six people and injured more than 1,000 others.

In 1945, an Army Air Corps B-25, a twin-engine bomber, crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building in dense fog.

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