On September 11, 2001, on TF1, at the same time as the terrible images of the attacks on the World Trade Center, 3 seconds taken from “Star Wars” were found on the screen. Back to the details of this curious phenomenon, still unexplained 20 years later.
September 11, 2001.
With their gaze fixed on their television set, each TF1 spectator discovers with a dumbfounded eye the terrible events that are taking place in the heart of Manhattan: two airliners have just crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
Among the many images that scroll live on the screen, we can observe a thick black smoke rising in the sky of New York. A Patrick Poivre d’Arvor as distraught as his viewers. Stunned American correspondents. And then, for three seconds, some stealth shots of … Star Wars.
Told in detail by a recent article in theINA (published on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of September 11), this mysterious phenomenon spotted in 2005 by a communication student – who had given herself the mission of going through the television archives of this tragic day – went unnoticed for many years. years, and never got an official explanation.
However, we have to admit this by re-viewing the direct from TF1, images taken from episode IV of the famous saga – notably representing the Millennium Falcon escaping from the Dark Star, as well as a plan of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) at the controls of his ship – did indeed air on the air.
How could this short excerpt from George Lucas’ film have been invited to the special edition of TF1 that day? Despite the research carried out on this subject (in particular by Katharina Niemeyer, the student cited by the articleINA), thehe mystery has never really been elucidated, and the theories have obviously multiplied.
An inexplicable bug? A technical error? A hacking? Many are the hypotheses that have been evoked in an attempt to have the end of the story.
The most probable – also relayed by the article of theINA in an update of last September 7 – indicates that according to some Internet users, a documentary devoted to ILM (the special effects company of George Lucas) had been broadcast at the same time as the images of the World Trade Center, on September 11, 2001 around 4 p.m., on Canal +.
In the turmoil of the moment, the management would therefore have made a handling error, unless a technical bug had occurred, and the images of Star wars which appeared in this documentary would have suddenly found themselves on TF1 at this precise moment.
An explanation that can be judged convincing, but which still remains in the order of supposition, while waiting for new elements to allow us – perhaps – to fully elucidate this mysterious phenomenon.