​Debris Part Of 911 Plane Landing Gear Found At Site​​

By: | 04/27/2013 12:46 PM ET

A piece of airplane debris was found near the World Trade Center site is believed to be part of the landing gear from 911, which broke off when the plane hit the tower in 2001.

Debris Part Of 911 Plane

Police confirmed that it was found wedged between two buildings in a very narrow alley only about 18 inches wide between the rear of 50 Murray St. and back of 51 Park Place, the 911 nearby site where a mosque and community center has been proposed three blocks from ground zero.

The plane part bears a “Boeing” stamp, followed by a series of numbers, as seen in a recent photo. The bent metal chunk contains cables and levers and is about 17 inches wide and 4 feet long.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly visited the alley Friday evening and viewed the plane debris from about 30 feet away. 

“It’s a manifestation of a horrific terrorist act a block and a half away from where we stand,” he said. “It brings back terrible memories to anyone who was here or who was involved in that event, and obviously I think the families could very well be impacted by this finding.”
Kelly described the debris as being about 5 feet by 4 feet by 17 inches, lying in a “very, very narrow, confined area” that been there since the 911 attack. 

“It’s difficult to get in there and see,” he said. 

He said there was rope intertwined in part of the gear, and there were no marks on the buildings indicating the piece hit the walls on the way down.
“It would have had to fall down at a certain angle,” said Kelly.

Asked whether he was surprised to see such a large plane piece anchored in such a tight area, Kelly said: “If you see how confined this space is, and you realize the chaos that existed down here on this street, it’s not surprising. It’s very, very confined. No cleanup went on in this 18-inch space between these two buildings.”

Officials said the soil below the piece of debris part could also be searched for remains from 911.