The New York Police Department set up one of the more eerie crime scenes at that most horrific of American crime scenes on Friday afternoon: They were clearing off an area of Lower Manhattan to inspect a piece of debris that might belong to one of the two Boeing jets flow in to the World Trade Center eleven and a half years ago.
NYPD Deputy Commissioner positively ID'd the chunk as from an airplane: "The aircraft part will not be removed until the process is completed, at which point it will secured by the NYPD Property Clerk," he said in a statement, adding that the area may also contain human remains but that surveyors of the scene had contacted authorities when they spotted what may be part of the landing gear a "clearly visible Boeing identification number" in the debris. That debris was found between two buildings: 50 Murray Street and 51 Park Place — the latter of which you may remember as the potential site of the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque."
Citing two law enforcement sources, NBC New York first reported the news, describing the plane debris:
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