Search for human remains could begin today near site where 9/11 airliner gear found

Posted at 10:07 AM, Apr 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-29 10:45:12-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) — The New York City Medical Examiner’s mobile command unit was set up at 51 Park Place Monday morning.

The hunt for human remains is expected to begin as early Monday after a piece of landing gear, likely from an airplane that hit the World Trade Center,  was found behind the building last Wednesday. The medical examiner’s office will sift the soil for human remains, said authorities.

It was discovered wedged behind 51 Park Place after surveyors, hired by the property’s owner, found what they thought was damaged machinery. It was soon determine to be part of landing gear, said the NYPD.

“The aircraft part will not be removed until the process is completed, at which point it will be secured by the NYPD Property Clerk,” said Paul J. Browne Deputy Commissioner of Public Information for the NYPD. “The part includes a clearly visible Boeing identification number.”


Authorities are trying to determine how the landing gear ending up behind the building. A piece of rope was found intertwined with it.

51 Park Place is the site of a proposed mosque and community center that has caused controversy. It is several blocks from the World Trade Center.