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No Human Remains Found Where 9/11 Landing Gear Was Discovered In NYC

10:46 AM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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New York City police have removed a suspected 9/11 plane part found between two buildings near the World Trade Center site, and the medical examiner says no potential human remains have been found there.

Officers used a pulley system to raise the jagged, 255-pound metal piece on Wednesday. Onlookers took pictures as it was loaded onto a truck headed to a Brooklyn police facility.

The part was discovered a week ago, wedged in a narrow space between an apartment building and a mosque.

In 2010, the mosque prompted national debate about Islam and freedom of speech because it's located just blocks from ground zero.

Authorities believe the part is from one of the two hijacked airliners that brought down the trade center on Sept. 11, 2001.

The 5-foot piece recently discovered is a trailing edge flap support structure, police said. It is located closer to the body of the plane and helps secure wing flaps that move in and out and aid in regulating plane speed. Investigators initially thought it was part of the landing gear because both pieces have similar-looking hydraulics.

Boeing officials told police the part came from one of its 767 airliners, but it isn't possible to determine which flight. Both hijacked planes that struck the towers, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were Boeing 767s.

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