A group of engineers and architects called AE911Truth presented a structural re-evaluation of the collapse of World Trade Centre Building 7 (WTC7) during a conference, where they said the 47-foot building did not collapse from exposure to fire, as initially reported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The report presented by AE911Truth, a nonprofit organization with the goal of conducting thorough research and educating the public, includes findings from a four-year study of the collapse of WTC7 that occurred on September 11, 2001 that has been come to be known as the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
AE911Truth detailed new evidence in the report, which states the WTC7 collapse was a “near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building,” contradicting NIST’s finding that heat from the fire caused beams to collapse.
The group demanded that NIST retract and correct a 2008 report in which it stated that one of three World Trade Centre buildings collapsed due to fire that weakened the steel supporting, as reported by Daily Commercial News.
The study concluded that NIST made “fundamental errors” in how engineers estimated the rigidity of the outside building frame, and said the heat generated by the fire did not trigger “thermal movements.”
In a conference with over 200 engineers from Mississippi and Alabama, AE911Truth members presented various evidence, including video clips of reporters who were on the scene of the event nearly 20 years ago.
In one clip showing the WTC7 collapsing, a reporter says, “It looked like it had been done by a demolition crew.” A second clip shows another reporter saying she heard the fire department say “we’re gonna have to bring it down” shortly before the building was seen collapsing.
“WTC7 was 350 feet away from the North Tower, thus only a small amount of large debris hit WTC7 during the North Tower collapse” said a member of AE911Truth, stating that none of the buildings that were closer to the North Tower collapsed quite the same way as WTC7 did.
“It completely just pancaked,” said one reporter in the evidence findings.
While the group makes no assertion explaining why it may have been a “controlled demolition,” as Daily Commercial News reported, the group says the structural steel design of the high rise was not at fault.
The study was conducted by a group of researchers, including members of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with funding provided by AE911Truth.
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