Salon.com explains Why did the buildings collapse?
“According to Gregory Fenves, a professor of Civil Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, the planes weakened the buildings’ structures at key points. Fenves, working on information gleaned from preliminary TV reports, stressed that he was speculating. He said that if the planes had hit the structures higher, they could have merely damaged their tops; if they had hit lower, they would have been up against the enormous weight and resistance of the base of the buildings. ”