UPDATE: Part Of 9/11 Plane's Landing Gear Found In NYC

By: Associated Press
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UPDATE: Friday, April 26, 2013

New York police have secured a lower Manhattan site where surveyors discovered what appears to be part of one of the planes destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks.

The part -- which police say has a Boeing Co. identification number -- was found wedged between a luxury apartment building and mosque site that prompted virulent national debate about Islam and freedom of speech.

A police spokesman says the object is twisted and rusted, has cables and levers, and is about 3 feet wide. Police spokesman Paul Browne says it's amazing that the part fell into the narrow opening and remained undiscovered for more than decade. But other World Trade Center wreckage had been discovered at the buildings and around the area in years past.

The piece of equipment was discovered Wednesday by surveyors inspecting the lower Manhattan site.

Police detectives and National Transportation Safety Board investigators will determine whether the equipment is from the American Airlines plane or the United Airlines plane that slammed into the twin towers.

Friday, April 26, 2013

A piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the planes destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks has been discovered wedged between a New York City mosque site and another building near the World Trade Center.

Police spokesman Paul Browne said Friday the part includes a Boeing identification number.

The twisted, rusted metal part has cables and levers on it and is about 5 feet high, 3 feet wide and 1.5 feet deep.

Browne says the piece was discovered Wednesday by surveyors inspecting the lower Manhattan site of a planned Islamic community center on behalf of the building's owner. He says the inspectors called 911 and police have secured the scene, documenting it with photos.

Police say the medical examiner's office will complete a health and safety evaluation to determine whether to sift the soil around the buildings for possible human remains.


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