VIDEO: Landing gear rope mystery solved

A piece of rope can be seen intertwined with this piece of landing gear found behind 51 Park Place. Credit: NYPD.
A piece of rope can be seen intertwined with this piece of landing gear found behind 51 Park Place. Credit: NYPD.

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.

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.

The NYPD provided this illustration of where the machinery found being 51 Park Place would have been located on the landing gear of a Boeing 767, like the two planes that hit the World Trade Center towers in the 9/11 attacks. Credit: NYPD.
The NYPD provided this illustration of where the machinery found being 51 Park Place would have been located on the landing gear of a Boeing 767, like the two planes that hit the World Trade Center towers in the 9/11 attacks. Credit: NYPD.

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.

 

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter died Sunday from prostate cancer…

Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair trial,…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to your first Season 2 “Orphan Black” recap! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany,…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

MLB

Phillies notebook: Cole Hamels returns this week

The Phillies should receive a big boost when Cole Hamels returns during the Dodgers series.

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

Parenting

Is camp right for introverts?

We ask an expert for tips on sending your introverted child to camp

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.