NEW YORK May 1 A dozen New York police officers
worked for two hours on Wednesday to hoist a 255-pound piece of
wreckage suspected to be from an airplane involved in the Sept.
11, 2001, attacks and move it to Brooklyn from where it was
found in Manhattan.
The five-foot long metal piece, identified as part of the
wing of a Boeing 767 jet, was discovered last week wedged
between an apartment complex and a building at 51 Park Place in
lower Manhattan, the site of a proposed mosque and Islamic
Community Center, three blocks from Ground Zero.
"It's a piece of history, and we tried to preserve it as
best we could," New York Police Deputy Chief William Aubry, who
was overseeing the removal work, said. "Tried not to cut it, we
were able to do that."
The plane piece was lifted over a wall into a courtyard
area, then moved into a basement and onto a dolly, the police
department's chief spokesman, Paul Browne, said.
The debris was then loaded onto a pickup truck to be taken
to the NYPD property clerk's office in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
No definite decision has been made about what to do with the
wreckage, but Aubry said it could be turned over to the National
September 11 Memorial & Museum.
The removal of the wreckage came after the New York City
medical examiner said no human remains had been found near the
plane wreckage. Nearly 12 years after two commercial airliners
smashed into the World Trade Center's twin towers, destroying
them and killing nearly 3,000 people, city officials continue to
turn up debris from the attack and to identify human remains.
Aubry described the work as emotional. "Pretty weird feeling
11 years later and here we are at a mosque. So it's tough," he
Police said they have not yet determined whether the part
came from American Airlines Flight 11, which hit the North Tower
first, or United Flight 175, which then hit the South Tower.
Both were 767s made by Boeing Co.