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Sifting Begins At Site Of Newly Found 9/11 Plane Wreckage

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The city medical examiner today is sifting for human remains between two Manhattan buildings where a piece of one of the hijacked September 11th planes was found.

The New York City Police Department says it's part of a wing flap, not landing gear as originally thought.

Police say a rope found tied around it came from one of the first officers to respond to the scene, who used it to try to move the part.

The piece was found last week wedged behind 51 Park Place, which is the site of an Islamic community center that has sparked heated debate.

"It just relives everything, makes it all fresh. I was just reading the paper and I was reading the paper from yesterday which actually explained everything. And then for it to be in this building which is supposed to be a mosque, that is like, it is just too connected," said one New Yorker.

"It is amazing to think that after all this time you can still find parts of the aircraft and remains out here. I think it is great they've brought everyone back here to look for remains because at the end of the day, that is what your loved ones want, to get some sort of closure even if it is five years, 10 years or 25 years down the road," said another New Yorker.

Boeing confirms the piece belonged to a 767, but has not said which plane it came from.

According to a FEMA map that shows the areas where plane debris landed, it seems likely the piece came from United Airlines Flight 175.

That is the plane that hit the south tower.

The map shows that pieces of the plane, including its landing gear, fell onto some buildings around Park Place.

Once the medical examiner's office is done at the site, the wing flap will be taken out by the NYPD.

A determination will then be made about what to do with the piece, whether it is handed over to the National Transportation Safety Board or placed in a museum of September 11th artifacts.

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