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Possible 9/11 plane landing gear part found in NYC

April 27, 2013 • National News


Crime scene tape and a New York City police officer block the service entrance to the site of a proposed Islamic community center in New York City, after a 5-foot-tall piece of landing gear has been discovered wedged between it and a luxury high-rise apartment building, Friday, April 26, 2013. The wreckage is believed to be from one of the hijacked planes destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. (AP Photo/Tom Hays)

NEW YORK (AP) — A rusted 5-foot-tall piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the hijacked planes destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks has been discovered near the World Trade Center wedged between a luxury apartment building and a mosque site that once prompted virulent national debate about Islam and free speech.

The twisted metal part, jammed in an 18-inch-wide sliver of open space between the buildings, has cables and levers on it and is about 17 inches wide and 4 feet long, New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Friday.

“It’s a manifestation of a horrific terrorist act a block and a half away from where we stand,” he said. “So, sure, it brings back terrible memories to anyone who was here or who was involved in that event.”

Kelly edged down the narrow passageway to look at the object Friday evening, noting there is also a piece of rope intertwined with the part in Login to read more

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