Plane landing gear thought to be part of one of the jets involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks was found Wednesday in lower Manhattan wedged between an apartment building and the proposed Ground Zero Mosque, the New York Police Department said today.
“The debris is stuck between the back of 51 Park Place and the rear of 50 Murray Street,” myfoxny.com reports, citing 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,” the statement added.
Surveyors say they found the landing gear while checking out the back of 51 Park Place, which is leased by Ground Zero Mosque developer Sharif El-Gamal.
The surveyor called the police soon after making the discovery.
“The debris has a clearly visible Boeing identification number,” Browne said.
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