9/11 family member: Plane part came from Flight 175

Posted at 7:28 PM, May 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-01 19:28:17-04

MANHATTAN, NY (PIX11) – It took a dozen officers two hours to hoist the five-foot-long, 250 pound plane part over a three story wall. The NYPD said they took great care to keep this part intact because they know It came from of one of the planes that hit the Twin Towers.

“It’s a pretty eerie feeling that we are here 11 years later, removing that part,” said  Deputy Chief William Aubry.

The part, which has been described as part of a wing that helps control the speed of takeoff and landing, was taken to the NYPD’s evidence lot at Erie Basin Auto Pound in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Officials have not said which plane the part came from but one 9/11 family member thinks he knows exactly which one.

Charles Wolf, 59, has had his private pilot’s license since he was 19 years old. His wife Katherine was on the 97th floor of the North Tower on September 11, 2001.

“They never found my wife’s remains,” said Wold adding, “if you believe the body has spirit, the spirit is not here anymore.”

Authorities have been combing through the area near 51 Park Place since the plane part was discovered.  The Medical Examiner’s Office concluded Wednesday that they did not find any human remains.

While officials have not said which plane this part came from, Wolf has an idea.  He’s had his private pilot’s license for forty years and studied the trajectory of both planes from the video of the attacks.

“In my strong opinion, it is not from American 11 that flew into Tower 1,” he said. “American 11 flew in this direction, right over my [Greenwich Village] apartment.  It was intact until it hit the building.  I don’t see how the piece would have gone backwards. [Referring to the area, two blocks south of the Towers where the piece was found.]

“If you look at the trajectory of Flight 175, which came around a different direction, that solid metal part, which didn’t disintegrate, would have carried through the building and then another two blocks and fallen.  That plane was going 500mph and that’s a lot of inertia to just carry it on through as the plane broke up.”

If his theory is true, that would mean the part is not from the plane that actually killed his wife. But Wold says it doesn’t matter.

“It’s all part and parcel the same.”

Eleven years later, seeing that piece of machinery, sends shivers up his spine.

“When you think of it, this is part of the murder weapon that killed so many people,” he said.

The NYPD says the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will want to look at it. Then, it may end up in the musuem.