A piece of landing gear that authorities believe belongs to one of the airliners that crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. It was found wedged between a mosque and another building in New York.(Photo: NYPD)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 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.