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NYPD confirms piece of wreckage comes from hijacked 9/11 plane

The twisted piece of wreckage, believed to be part of a wing flap, was discovered in a narrow space between two buildings.

The landing gear found wedged between two buildings
The landing gear found wedged between two buildings
Image: AP Photo/New York City Police Department

THE NEW YORK City Police Department has confirmed that a piece of aircraft wreckage found last week comes from one of the two hijacked planes which destroyed the World Trade Centre buildings almost twelve years ago.

The piece of metal, believed to be part of a wing flap, was discovered in a narrow space between two buildings in lower Manhattan, close to the site of the 9/11 attacks.

The NYPD said today that aircraft manufacturer Boeing had confirmed that the wreckage came from a Boeing 767 and it is believed to be from one of the two destroyed planes, although it could not be determined which one.

The area will be forensically examined by the NYPD and medical investigators for any possible human remains on Tuesday.

“We are currently completing all preparations at the site (health and safety protocols, environmental tests, etc) in advance of the start of the sifting operation that will start at 8am tomorrow,” Ellen Borokove, a spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner’s office said in a statement.

Once the area has been examined for human remains, a decision will be made on whether the piece of wreckage should be treated as a historical artifact and stored in a museum, or disposed of.

The NYPD released a video showing the piece of twisted piece of medal, wedged in a tiny gap between the two buildings.


Video: InsideNYPD/YouTube

- Additional reporting by AFP

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