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Aircraft part believed to be from 9/11 attack found in New York

New York police officials confirm that a piece of landing gear found this week is believed to be from one of the hijacked planes involved in the Sept.11 attacks at the World Trade Center.

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A piece of landing gear that authorities believe belongs to one of the airliners that crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, was found wedged between a mosque and another building, in New York.

New York City Police Department/AP

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New York City police officials have confirmed that a five-foot-tall piece of landing gear discovered this week is believed to be from one of the hijacked planes involved in the Sept.11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center.

The debris was not discovered until recently because it had been jammed for over a decade in an 18-inch-wide sliver of open space between two buildings. Police say they know it is from one of the American Airlines airliners because it bears a Boeing identification number. Besides the single piece of twisted metal, there is also a piece of rope and a broken part of a broken pulley police say was likely torn from the roof from one of the buildings.

The odds of the wrecked metal resting there for nearly 12 years “is amazing,” New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne told reporters Friday. “It had to have fallen just the right way to make it into that space.”

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