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No Human Remains Found Near Plane Wreckage Behind Park51, Officials Say

By Jeanmarie Evelly | May 1, 2013 1:52pm | Updated on May 1, 2013 2:01pm

MANHATTAN — No potential human remains were found behind the Park51 mosque and community center, where police removed wreckage believed to have come from one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center towers, the Medical Examiner's office said Wednesday.

About a dozen police officers used a pulley system to remove the plane part from between two buildings at 51 Park Place and 50 Murray St., where it was discovered by surveyors last week. The removal took about two hours, the Associated Press reported.

Investigators have been poring over the lower Manhattan site, searching the soil around the aircraft piece for human remains.

The wreckage was identified as a "trailing edge flap actuation support structure" of a Boeing 767, officials from Boeing confirmed to cops. It is believed to be a part of one of the two airplanes destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, police said Monday.

A rope found alongside the wreckage, originally prompting speculation that the part had been lowered into the alleyway, was actually placed there last week by an NYPD officer who was trying to tilt the gear to find a serial number, cops said on Monday.