A mysterious piece of rope entwined in the landing gear found behind 51 Park Place last week was apparently tied there by NYPD personnel who first responded to the scene, Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne reported on Monday. [videoembed id="142241"]
The discovery of the landing gear was first reported via a 911 call last Wednesday, April 24. An officer who responded to the call reportedly found a length of rope on the group nearby and wrapped it around the machinery in an attempt to move the heavy object while looking for a serial number or other identifying marking.
A Boeing Company technician also identified the landing gear to NYPD Crime Scene detectives Sunday night as a trailing edge flap actuation support structure from a Boeing 767. The NYPD believes it is from one of the two airplanes destroyed on September 11, 2001, but has been unable to deduce which one.
Various investigative law enforcement agencies were setting up at the site today, as the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner prepared to sift for human remains.
The NYPD anticipates that process could be completed by Wednesday, at which point they will attempt to extract the airplane part. It will be kept in police custody until a decision is made for the longterm.
In the past, the National Transportation Safety Board has sometimes taken similar parts, or they have been treated as historic artifacts and kept in museums. The New York State Museum in Albany currently has the piece of landing gear that smashed through the roof of the neighboring building at 43-45 Park Place on the day of the attacks.
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