Police said a piece of what appeared to be landing gear from one of the planes used in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center was found behind two buildings in Lower Manhattan.
The piece of gear, which contains a “clearly visible Boeing identification number,” was discovered wedged between the rear of 51 Park Place and the rear of a neighboring building, 50 Murray Street, the NYPD said in a statement.
The police department is “securing the location as it would a crime scene” and photographing the piece, according to the statement. Access to the area is restricted until the city’s chief medical examiner completes a “health and safety protocol,” and makes a decision about sifting the soil for possible human remains, the police said.
The part won’t be removed until the process is complete, when it will be secured by the NYPD’s property clerk, police said.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting a health and safety inspection of the area and once that’s finished, they’ll begin sifting the area for human remains at 8 a.m. on April 30, said spokeswoman Ellen Borakove.
Surveyors for the property owner of 51 Park Place were inspecting the rear of the building on the morning of April 24 when they found what they thought was damaged machinery and called police, the NYPD said.
Terrorists hijacked airliners and flew them into the two towers and the Pentagon and crashed a fourth in a field in Pennsylvania, killing 2,996 people. World Trade Center Properties is an affiliate of Silverstein Properties, which is developing towers at the site.