NEW YORK — A rusted piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the hijacked planes destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks has been discovered wedged between a mosque site and a luxury high-rise apartment building near the World Trade Center.
The twisted metal part has cables and levers on it and is about 17 inches wide and 4 feet long. It includes a Boeing Co. identification number, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said Friday.
Police detectives and National Transportation Safety Board investigators will determine whether the equipment is from the American Airlines plane or the United Airlines plane that slammed into the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, destroying the towers and killing nearly 3,000 people.
The piece was discovered Wednesday by surveyors inspecting the lower Manhattan site of a planned Islamic community center on behalf of the building's owner, police said. The spot where the landing gear was found is about three blocks from ground zero.