SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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Investigators at the Flight 93 crash site, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, September 12, 2001. Photo by Tim Shaffer.

Shanksville photographs
Description: This collection of fourteen images of the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 was taken by Tim Shaffer of Reuters.

Context: For professional photographers, September 11 was the event of a lifetime. A contract photographer for the Reuters news agency, Tim Shaffer could not get through to the Washington office on the morning of September 11. At home with his family in Delaware, he started paging Reuters at 11:00 am. He finally reached them by internet Instant Messenger, asking if he should leave for New York. The answer was "No, go to Shanksville, Pennsylvania." Shaffer photographed the crash site and transmitted the digital images to Reuters using his cell phone.

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Investigators examine the impact crater at the Flight 93 crash site, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, September 12, 2001
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Recovery workers search the debris field near the Flight 93 crash site, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, September 12, 2001
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State troopers on horseback patrol the crash site of Flight 93, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, September 12, 2001
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The Somerset County coroner arrives at the scene of the Flight 93 crash site, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, September 12, 2001
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Investigators examine the impact crater at the Flight 93 crash site, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, September 12, 2001
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Photojournalist Tim Shaffer
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Statement from Tim Shaffer
Rocky yelled for me to turn on the television, his girlfriend called his cell phone to tell him a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. Rocky the carpenter was working to true up a deck on my family’s townhouse that had been sold recently. I [...]
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"...the response is 'No, go to Shanksville, Pennsylvania.'"
Michelle Delaney
Collections Manager, Photographic History Collection

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