9/11 plane wing part found in Lower Manhattan - New York News

9/11 plane part found is from wing

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A technician with plane manufacturer Boeing confirmed to the NYPD that the plane part found last week in lower Manhattan was a wing from a Boeing 767 and not part of the landing gear.

It is believed the part belonged to one of the planes that crashed into the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

The part, a trailing edge flap actuation support structure, was found wedged between two buildings, one of them a mosque site.

Investigators initially thought it was part of the landing gear because both pieces have similar hydraulics.

The debris is stuck between the back of 51 Park Place and the rear of 50 Murray Street, according to Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.

"The NYPD is securing the location as it would a crime scene, documenting it photographically and restricting access until the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner completes its health and safety evaluation protocol, after which a decision will be made concerning sifting the soil for possible human remains," Browne said in a statement on Friday. "The aircraft part will not be removed until the process is completed, at which point it will secured by the NYPD Property Clerk."

Sifting the soil for possible human remains could be completed by Wednesday, added Browne.

Browne said that surveyors hired by the property owners of 51 Park Place, where an Islamic cultural center is planned, found the debris when they were checking out the back of the building on Wednesday.

The surveyor called 911 and police responded, according to the NYPD and Soho Properties, which owns the site.

The debris has a clearly visible Boeing identification number, Browne said.

"We are cooperating fully with the appropriate authorities to make sure this piece of evidence is removed with care as quickly and effectively as possible," said Sharif El-Gamal, the president of Soho Properties.

The plane part will remain in the custody of the NYPD Property Clerk until a decision is made about where to permanently store it, Browne said.

"In the past , the National Transportation Safety Board has sometimes taken custody of such parts, or in the case of the 9/11 aircraft, they have been treated as historical artifacts and become part of museum collections," Browne said in a statement rerleased Monday. "For example, since 2002, the New York State Museum in Albany has in its collection a large landing gear piece that went through the roof to the basement at the same location."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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