The large portion of a jumbo jet found a few blocks north of the World Trade Center last week comes from a Boeing 767’s wing, the plane’s manufacturer told the NYPD.
The part, initially believed to be part of the landing gear, is actually a “trailing edge flap actuation support structure,” which helps stabilize wing flaps and control the jet’s speed.
While officials believe the part came from one of the two planes that terrorists rammed into the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, they could not determine which plane the piece belonged to, even though the piece had an identification code intact. The piece was found in an area where other large portions of the 9/11 jets were discovered after the attack.
The part was found last week wedged in a narrow alley between two buildings, one of which is a planned mosque that elicited considerable controversy a few years ago because of its proximity to the trade center.
City workers are poised to inspect that area for human remains. Once removed later this week, the plane part will be stored by the NYPD’s property until its future use is determined.
The NYPD said in a statement that a piece of landing gear found in that area after the attack ended up in the collection of the New York State Museum in Albany.