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
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)

(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.

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Bushdidit
Apr 30, 2013 9:21 AM CDT
Donne Darko....
RidersOnTheStorm
Apr 30, 2013 6:43 AM CDT
It's from United Airlines Flight 93
Newzr_is_fun.
Apr 29, 2013 10:25 PM CDT
I hope they put it on display in the newly opened Bush Library. That way we can all inspect the VIN number and figure out that it was actually a part of the Kennedy car that plunged off the bridge and into the river. No doubt it still has Jimmy Hoffa's DNA on it, since he planted it on these buildings to blame Manhattan sandwich makers for everything that went wrong since the 2nd amendment was signed is a secret ceremony attended by the original gang of 4 and the head's of the 13 families who planned it all, originally. I just wanted to be the first to explain all of this, so that America can know what it really is all about. Which is; Always buy flight insurance! It's good for your family and for American business. Now fold up your tin hats and go home.