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After 11 years, ‘Part of 9/11 plane landing gear’ found in New York

New York, Apr 28 (): New York police said a rusted 5-foot-tall piece of landing gear that appears to be part of one of the hijacked planes that flew into the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001 has been found.

The Police Department’s chief spokesman, Paul J. Browne, said on Friday that on Wednesday, around 11 a.m., the surveyors called 911 to say they had found a piece of damaged machinery, when they were inspecting a lower Manhattan building.

What the police saw in the site was a piece of metal about 5 feet high, 3 feet wide and about 17 inches in depth, which had a Boeing label and serial number. It was lodged in the narrow gap between 50 Murray Street, a residential building, and 51 Park Place, which is empty. He said, the rusted machinery had been “out of mind and out of sight for over a decade”.

The piece was found in a narrow, rubbish-filled space 18 in (0.45m) wide. Mr. Browne said, that area is inaccessible from the street, adding that a tiny door opens into the corridor from a neighbouring building.

The police secured the area as they would a crime scene, Mr. Browne said. He added he could not remember the last time a large piece of wreckage from the attack was discovered.

He said that the component bore a Boeing serial number and that a personnel from Police Department’s aviation unit had recognised it as part of a landing gear. He also noted that it was found near where other wreckage from the jetliners were found shortly after the attacks.

Police also have a suspicion whether the component was placed intentionally. On Friday, Police Commissioner of New York Raymond W. Kelly said that police would also consider the possibility that the damaged machinery had intentionally been placed between the two buildings.

On 11 September 2001, at 08:46, American Airlines flight 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. After seventeen minutes, United flight 175 hit the south tower.

Although debris from the attack was cleared in 2002, other rubble have been found distributed across the area in the years since.