NEW YORK - A piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the commercial airplanes that crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, was discovered on Friday, wedged between two lower Manhattan buildings, authorities said.
The piece of landing gear discovered in a narrow alleyway behind 51 Park Place and 50 Murray Street in Manhattan's financial district includes a "clearly visible" Boeing identification number, according to a New York City Police spokesman.
The discovery was made on Wednesday by a construction crew inspecting the rear of the Park Place building, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.
The piece of landing gear, wedged one story above ground, is about 5 feet high (1.5 meters) and 3 feet wide (0.9 meters).
New York police officials have secured the area between the buildings and are treating it as a potential crime scene, said Browne. The inspectors then called the police.