NYC officials seek human remains amid plane debris
Published: April 27, 2013 12:32PM
Updated: April 27, 2013 12:32PM
Crime scene tape and a New York City police officer block the service entrance to the site of a proposed Islamic community center in New York City, after a 5-foot-tall piece of landing gear has been discovered wedged between it and a luxury high-rise apartment building, Friday, April 26, 2013. The wreckage is believed to be from one of the hijacked planes destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. (AP Photo/Tom Hays)

New York • The New York City medical examiner’s office plans to resume searching for human remains two blocks from the World Trade Center after the sudden discovery of an airplane’s landing gear.

Medical examiner’s spokeswoman Ellen Borakove told The Associated Press on Saturday that the alley behind a mosque site will first be tested as part of a standard health and safety evaluation.

Borakove says sifting for human remains will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The New York Police Department has declared the alley a crime scene, documenting it with photos and restricting access.

Authorities say the rusted landing gear is believed to be from a Sept. 11 hijacked plane. Police were guarding the area as a crime scene Saturday.