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Landing gear from 9/11 plane found 12 years later

by Josh K / April 27, 2013 3:17 AM PDT

New York (CNN) -- A piece believed to be from one of the airliners that hit the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001, has been found behind the site of an Islamic community center near ground zero, the New York Police Department said Friday.

Investigators are looking into how a part of what appears to be landing gear became wedged between 51 Park Place -- the site of a controversial community center -- and another building, just a few blocks from ground zero.

"If you see how confined this space is, and you realize the chaos that existed on this street, I think it's understandable. It's not that surprising," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

"It's very, very confined and no construction work went on, or no clean up went on in this 18-inch space between the two buildings" after the attacks.

Even so, he said investigators are looking at all possibilities, including whether the part was intentionally placed between the two buildings.

"We are also looking into a possibility it was lowered by a rope," Kelly said, adding that a piece of rope appeared to be intertwined with the part.

But Kelly said an initial survey found no marks on the walls between the two buildings consistent with such an object being lowered. He also it appears that there is a break in the rope and that it came down from the roof on top of the plane part.

Pretty eerie that it would be found next to the very building where the controversial community center/mosque was planned. Pretty outrageous that it would only turn up 12+ years after the attacks, and pretty much by accident. Someone on a construction crew noticed it and called 911.

The owner of the building is claiming it was put there on purpose to fan the flames of protest against the community center, but who would have been able to do that? Who would have been able to stash something this big, heavy and significant for over 12 years and then sneak it into this particular location?

A very strange story.
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odd things happen some time.
by James Denison / April 27, 2013 6:38 AM PDT

I can't think of any reason someone would have put it there deliberately.

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(NT) The path was only 18 inches wide.
by Diana Forum moderator / April 27, 2013 10:53 AM PDT
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Yup, and the gear assembly was 17 inches wide
by Josh K / April 28, 2013 10:49 PM PDT

Many of the victims' families have complained for years that the neighborhood was not searched thoroughly enough. Human remains are still turning up on rooftops.

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Oh man
by KirbyCodeMonkey / April 28, 2013 11:50 PM PDT

Really? Human remains? Oh man, I don't think I could deal with that.

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Bones, at this point, obviously, but yes
by Josh K / April 29, 2013 12:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Oh man

I think some were found just a few months ago, in fact.

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(NT) That is just creepy.
by Diana Forum moderator / April 29, 2013 2:01 AM PDT
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Dig deeper
by Willy / April 28, 2013 1:20 AM PDT

It wouldn't surprise me they find anything down there or between that space. It's a natural place for items to collect, though a plane part is unusual at best. they may find Micheal Jackson missing glove or the original White Album outtakes. They may find my missing socks from the dryer. Wink -----Willy Shocked

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Missing socks are sometimes in your trousers
by Steven Haninger / April 28, 2013 2:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Dig deeper

and you won't find them until you wear those pants again. Stuff can come out of your pant legs when you're walking in public as well. Usually it's thin items such as drier sheets but NEVER wash your own pants and lady's undergarments in the same load. Happy

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Now they think it's part of a wing flap assembly
by Josh K / April 29, 2013 3:29 AM PDT

The area is blocked off with heavy security, and the NYPD is working on a way of extracting it after thoroughly photographing it and the scene around it. Forensics is also going to check the area for human remains.

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think they will find any human remains?
by James Denison / April 29, 2013 5:24 AM PDT

I would not be surprised if they did.

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