UPDATE Monday, April 29:
The NYPD said a Boeing Company technician has confirmed that the plane part found at the rear of 51 Park Place in Lower Manhattan last week is a trailing edge flap actuation support structure from a Boeing 767. The part is “believed to be from one of the two aircraft destroyed on September 11, 2001, but it could not be determined which one.”
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is preparing to sift soil at the location for human remains, and this process will possibly be completed by Wednesday.
At that time, the plane part is expected to be removed from behind the building and transferred to the custody of the NYPD Property Clerk. It may then go to the National Transportation Safety Board, or, as was done with 9/11 aircraft parts, it may be treated as an historical artifact and become part of a museum collection, said the NYPD.
Video courtesy of NYPD
UPDATE Saturday, April 28: Boeing officials confirmed that the landing gear is from a Boeing 767, the same type of planes used in the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers, said the NYPD.
A diagram of where the plane landing gear was found (Image courtesy of NYPD).
Landing gear believed to be from one of the planes involved in the September 11 attacks has been found near Ground Zero, said the NYPD.
“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,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne. “The aircraft part will not be removed until the process is completed, at which point it will secured by the NYPD Property Clerk.”
Surveyors discovered the plane part Wednesday wedged between the rear of 51 Park Place and the building behind it, a couple blocks from the World Trade Center site.
The landing gear has a clearly visible Boeing identification number, said police.