Though Chopper 5 had been cleansed, another serious blunder was discovered in those news archives. At around 5:00 p.m. on 9/11, BBC anchor Phillip Hayton announced the “Salomon Brothers building collapsing”. Hayton explained “this was not as a result of a new attack, but because the building had been weakened during this morning’s attacks”. Solomon Brothers is another name for the infamous World Trade Center building 7. Indeed, WTC7 did completely collapse, straight down, in free-fall time, exactly in the manner of a controlled demolition. But get this: WTC7 collapsed at 5:20 p.m., 20 minutes after the BBC announced it.
Hayton throws the conversation to BBC reporter Jane Standley in New York, and as she delivers her story, WTC7 is clearly seen standing behind her. A graphic across the bottom of the screen reads “The 47 storey Salomon Brothers Building close to the World Trade Centre has also collapsed”.
Back on the left side of the pond, FOX-5 Washington D.C. also made a psychic prediction of the WTC7 “collapse”. Just before the demolition, anchor Tracey Neal announces “ . . . we are getting word from New York right now that another building has collapsed. I understand that this is a 47 story building.” They switch to a live picture of the World Trade Center area, ground zero is fuming furiously, but WTC7 is standing straight and tall. “Is that smoke coming from this third collapse?” wonders Neale.
Neale is expressing hope that the building had been evacuated, when suddenly WTC7 begins dropping straight down, so her co-anchor says, “Take a look at that right hand side of the screen”. Neale concurs, “It’s going down right now”.
Scrambling for a way to cover such an obvious screw up, the co-anchor ad-libs, “We are seeing video today that only Hollywood could have produced at another time”.
The premature announcements of this unprecedented collapse are no less suspicious than if someone had announced the assassination of President Kennedy 20 minutes before it happened. Were the BBC and FOX fed the official script a little too early, or did the demolition of WTC7 go off a little too late? When news of the early report of WTC7 broke in February of 2007, the entire news archive was deleted from archive.org, flushed down the memory hole.