The announcement followed an inspection and soil-sifting operation at 51 Park Place, where a piece of an aircraft involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center was found Friday, CNN reported.
A Boeing Co. technician confirmed the piece, 5 feet long, 4 feet wide and 17 inches deep, is a support structure for a trailing edge wing flap of a Boeing 767, the model of planes that were flown into the World trade Center towers.
Police officers, including some who responded to the attack in 2001, hoisted the 255-pound part from its location, behind an Islamic community center, and loaded it onto a truck bound for a Brooklyn police property facility, CNN said.
"It's a piece of history and we tried to preserve it as best we could. It brought back a lot of memories," said Police Deputy Chief William Aubry.