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Chunk of 9/11 airplane found in New York

New York police said Friday that they have found a fragment of one of two airplanes that slammed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

The huge chunk of aircraft was found wedged between two office buildings in lower Manhattan.

Police said the plane fragment appeared to be "part of a landing gear, apparently from one of the commercial airliners destroyed on September 11, 2001."

Authorities said it will not be removed until the area has been thoroughly examined, including for possible human remains.

"The NYPD is securing the location as it would a crime scene, documenting it photographically and restricting access until the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner completes its health and safety evaluation protocol, after which a decision will be made concerning sifting the soil for possible human remains," a police statement said.

The aircraft was one of two commandeered 12 years ago by Al-Qaeda extremists and flown into the Twin Towers, destroying two of the nation's most iconic buildings.

Authorities were alerted to the chunk of wreckage on Wednesday after surveyors hired by an owner of one of the two buildings found what they believed was damaged machinery.

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