NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police have removed an aircraft part from between two buildings near the World Trade Center site that is believed to be from one of the 9/11 hijacked planes.
About six officers used a pulley system to raise the 255-pound piece of metal from a narrow alley and loaded it onto a flatbed truck Wednesday morning.
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Onlookers across the street took pictures as they heaved it onto a truck taking it to a Brooklyn police facility. The process took about two hours.
“It’s a piece of history, and we tried to preserve it as best we could,” said NYPD Deputy Chief William Aubry, who leads the forensic investigation division. Aubry said they didn’t do any damage to the piece when they moved it.
The part was discovered last Wednesday jammed in an 18-inch-wide, trash-laden passageway between an apartment building and a mosque. An inspector on the roof of the mosque site, which is under construction, noticed the debris and then called 911.