9/11 Debris Not Part of Plane's Landing Gear

It's actually from a portion of the wing

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 29, 2013 3:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – Boeing today expressed its confidence that a piece of aircraft found sandwiched between two Lower Manhattan buildings did indeed come from one of the 9/11 planes, though a rep for the company told the NYPD that Boeing could not determine which one. The 5-foot by 3-foot piece is not part of the landing gear, as previously reported; it's actually a portion of the underside of the wing known as a "trailing edge flap actuation support structure," reports Reuters.

As the AP explains, the part is located closer to the body of the plane and helps secure wing flaps that move in and out and help to regulate plane speed. Investigators initially thought it was part of the landing gear because both pieces have similar-looking hydraulics. And while some raised the possibility over the weekend that the debris was placed there on purpose, a rep for the NYPD said there's no evidence that was the case. The debris will be moved to a secure location this week, where it will stay until a permanent home is selected.

This Friday, April 26, 2013, photo provided by the New York City Police Department shows a piece that authorities believe belongs to one of the airliners that crashed into the World Trade Center.
This Friday, April 26, 2013, photo provided by the New York City Police Department shows a piece that authorities believe belongs to one of the airliners that crashed into the World Trade Center.   (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)
In this April 26, 2013 photo provided by WNBC-TV in New York, a section of wreckage bearing a Boeing serial number is shown.
In this April 26, 2013 photo provided by WNBC-TV in New York, a section of wreckage bearing a Boeing serial number is shown.   (AP Photo/WNBC-TV)
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