NEW YORK- 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.