Landing gear from 9/11 plane found 12 years later
by Josh K - 4/27/13 10:17 AM
New York (CNN) -- A piece believed to be from one of the airliners that hit the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001, has been found behind the site of an Islamic community center near ground zero, the New York Police Department said Friday.
Investigators are looking into how a part of what appears to be landing gear became wedged between 51 Park Place -- the site of a controversial community center -- and another building, just a few blocks from ground zero.
"If you see how confined this space is, and you realize the chaos that existed on this street, I think it's understandable. It's not that surprising," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
"It's very, very confined and no construction work went on, or no clean up went on in this 18-inch space between the two buildings" after the attacks.
Even so, he said investigators are looking at all possibilities, including whether the part was intentionally placed between the two buildings.
"We are also looking into a possibility it was lowered by a rope," Kelly said, adding that a piece of rope appeared to be intertwined with the part.
But Kelly said an initial survey found no marks on the walls between the two buildings consistent with such an object being lowered. He also it appears that there is a break in the rope and that it came down from the roof on top of the plane part.
Pretty eerie that it would be found next to the very building where the controversial community center/mosque was planned. Pretty outrageous that it would only turn up 12+ years after the attacks, and pretty much by accident. Someone on a construction crew noticed it and called 911.
The owner of the building is claiming it was put there on purpose to fan the flames of protest against the community center, but who would have been able to do that? Who would have been able to stash something this big, heavy and significant for over 12 years and then sneak it into this particular location?
A very strange story.