Here's a screenshot of the World Trade Center from the cockpit of the airliner:
Or maybe they saw it but had a good reason not to mention it that was also given in the show:
There was a similar line in WAG THE DOG, when presidential PR fixer Robert De Niro is caught by the CIA faking a nuclear terrorist threat and war in Albania, he talks his way out of trouble by saying there is no war but his war, and without his war the weapons contractors, Pentagon, and CIA would be out of jobs. So they let him go on his way.
The Cold War's over, John. But with no clear enemy to stockpile against, the arms market's flat. But bring down a fully loaded 727 into the middle of New York City and you'll find a dozen tin-pot dictators all over the world just clamoring to take responsibility, and begging to be smart-bombed.
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