This Friday, April 26, 2013, photo provided by the New York City Police Department shows a piece of landing gear that authorities believe belongs to one of the airliners that crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, that was found wedged between a mosque and another building, in New York. (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York police have secured a lower Manhattan site where surveyors discovered what appears to be part of one of the planes destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks.
The part -- which police say has a Boeing Co. identification number -- was found wedged between a luxury apartment building and mosque site that prompted virulent national debate about Islam and freedom of speech.
A police spokesman says the object is twisted and rusted, has cables and levers, and is about 3 feet wide. Police spokesman Paul Browne says it's amazing that the part fell into the narrow opening and remained undiscovered for more than decade. But 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.
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.