‘Landing Gear' Of Hijacked 9/11 Aircraft Found: Piece Of Metal Reminds America Of ‘Horrific Terrorist Act’
They thought that nothing was left of the 9/11 event except its memories. But a sharp reminder of the ghastly day in American history remained hidden somewhere in between an inaccessible, narrow space between two buildings, about three blocks from ground zero.
A piece of metal was found there -- a piece that symbolizes the horror and dreadfulness the land of America withstood on the fateful day of September 11 2001 that went down in history as the grisly day of terror that took nearly 3000 American lives.
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It was only by a strange chance this week that land surveyors happened to eye upon the piece of metal that remained hidden from view for 11 odd years. The metal is a plane's landing gear that apparently belonged to one of the two hijacked jets that slammed into the twin towers in an event that left the world aghast.
And yet, it was by another strange chance that the piece of metal flew exactly at an angle that allowed it to arrive at a place and stay untouched and unseen in an inaccessible area from the street for more than a decade. Only a tiny door opens into the corridor of that secretive place from a neighboring building, police said.
"The odds of it entering that space at exactly that angle that would permit it to squeeze in there," Police Department's chief spokesman Paul J. Browne said. "It had to come in at almost precisely the right angle."
The space is narrow, rubbish-filled gap of only 18 in (0.45m) wide.
Browne has said that investigators are working on the piece of metal with an unverified theory that it is "a portion of the landing gear of one of the two planes destroyed on 9/11." But the very fact that it is thought to be part of the plane and is somehow related to the terrific day is enough to make America lament again.
"It's a manifestation of a horrific terrorist act a block and a half away from where we stand," New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said addressing reporters outside the secured site. "It brings back terrible memories to anyone who was here, who was involved in that event."
He said that the landing gear was found at about 11 a.m. local time Wednesday when surveyors hired by the owner of 51 Park Place were making their rounds. It was found at 45-47 Park Place, a spot which was then a Burlington Coat Factory and now used as a prayer space for Muslims.
In 2001 American Airlines flight 11 hit the North tower of World Trade Centre at 8:46 a.m. and United Airlines Flight 175 slammed into the South Tower seven minutes later.
Although rubbles from the attack were cleared within a year, remains of the attacks have been found for years after the event.
Police Commissioner said that it could be possible that the piece found Wednesday was dropped from the roof over the spot as some rope was found entwined with it.
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