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A part of a landing gear believed to be from one of the commercial airliners destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001 has been discovered wedged between two buildings in lower Manhattan:

A rusted 1.5 metre-tall piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the hijacked planes destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks has been discovered wedged between a mosque site and a luxury high-rise apartment building near the World Trade Center.

The twisted metal part includes a clearly visible Boeing identification number, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said Friday. It has cables and levers on it and is about a metre wide and half a metre deep.

"The odds of this being wedged between there is amazing," Browne said, adding it was not surprising that it went undiscovered for more than a decade given the location. "It had to have fallen just the right way to make it into that space."

Other World Trade Center wreckage had been discovered at the buildings and around the area in years past.

The piece of equipment was discovered Wednesday by surveyors inspecting the lower Manhattan site of a planned Islamic community centre, at 51 Park Place, on behalf of the building's owner, police said.

An inspector was on the roof and noticed the debris and then called police who secured the scene, documenting it with photos.

Police detectives and National Transportation Safety Board investigators will determine whether the equipment is from the American Airlines plane or the United Airlines plane that slammed into the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, destroying the towers and killing nearly 3,000 people.

Islamic centre faced street protests in 2010

When plans for the Islamic centre, about three blocks from ground zero, were made public in 2010, opponents said they didn't want a mosque so close to where Islamic extremists attacked. They argued the site was "sacred" because landing gear from one of the hijacked Boeing 767 jets had punctured the roof of the building on Sept. 11.

During street protests, they clashed with supporters of the centre, who said it would promote harmony between Muslims and followers of other faiths.

The building includes a Muslim prayer space that has been open for three years. After protests died down, the centre hosted its first exhibit last year. The space remains under renovation.

Donna Marsh O'Connor, who lost her daughter Vanessa Lang Langer in the attacks and is a member of September 11th Families for a Peaceful Tomorrow, called the landing gear discovery "bizarre."

O'Connor is a supporter of the Islamic centre and said the fact that the plane fragment was found there "makes me think that this was the right place for a centre that was going to heal the divide."

In a statement, Sharif El-Gamal, the president of Soho Properties, which owns 51 Park Place, said workers called the city and the police as soon as they discovered the landing gear. He said the company is cooperating with the city and the police to make sure the piece of equipment "is removed with care as quickly and effectively as possible."

The medical examiner's office will complete a health and safety evaluation to determine whether to sift the soil around the buildings for possible human remains, police said.

Patricia Riley, whose sister Lorraine Riley was killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, called the landing gear discovery "very strange."

"Twelve years later we are still finding remnants of the attack on our country," she said. "... For years to come we'll continue to find things that we didn't see before. Hopefully they'll serve as a reminder that we have to stay vigilant."


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It's not the government. Bush was just a puppet president, I think that was pretty obvious. He didn't even win the election first of all.

It's the people behind the scenes that are the sinister ones. All you have to do is follow the money, and see how many of Bush's buddies made billions after 9/11 to figure it out.

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I pity you. You're clearly one of those people who thinks they're smarter than everyone else, and therefore above them.

People like that are rarely ever happy.

And by the way I don't live in my parents basement, have lots of "real" world experience, and am quite happy with my life. Good attempt to try and belittle me like you do with anyone who doesn't agree with you on here. :rolleyes:

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Of course it does. The fact that Cheney and Bush fabricated a war against Iraq, and then awarded contracts to companies that they had stakes in shows a clear indication of criminal activity. Oh and guess who else had stakes in those companies? The Bin Ladens. Anyone who doesn't find that the little bit suspicious isn't very intuitive.

Your problem seems to be that you lump all "conspiracy nuts" into one category, because it's simpler for you. When the reality is there are lots of intelligent people out there with legitimate questions based on evidence.

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