NEW YORK, N.Y. (DEVELOPING)--A piece of landing gear from one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 has been discovered in a small alley near Ground Zero more than 11 years after the terror attacks.
The fragment was discovered between the rear of buildings on Park Place and Murray Street in lower Manhattan on Friday, the New York Police Department said.
“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,” Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said in a statement released late Friday afternoon.
The piece of aircraft, which includes a visible identification number and the Boeing logo, will not be removed from the alley until they complete the process, at which point it will be secured with the department’s property clerk.
Officials say that the part was found at 11 a.m. Friday, when surveyors hired by the owner of 51 Park Place reported what they thought was damaged machinery behind the building.
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