Possible human remains found near 9/11's Ground Zero

New York, Apr 30 (EFE).- Authorities found possible human remains where an airplane part was found last week that could have come from one of the passenger jets that crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the New York medical examiner's office said Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the office confirmed the finding to Efe and said the possible human remains were found Monday behind a building close to Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan.

"The search operation continues," the spokesperson said about the work being done in the area where the aircraft part turned up last week.

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Monday that the metal part found does not belong to landing gear as originally stated, but has now been identified as part of a wing flap after preliminary investigations by a Boeing technician.

"This is believed to be one of the two airliners destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, but which one of the two has not yet been determined," NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said in a communique.

The NYPD established a crime scene at the site after receiving a call from the owners of a building at 51 Park Place in Lower Manhattan.

Surveyors spotted the aircraft piece while inspecting the site of a future Islamic community center.

Nearly 3,000 people died when the two planes slammed into the World Trade Center towers and a third hijacked aircraft struck the Pentagon.

The fourth plane commandeered by al-Qaeda on Sept. 11 crashed in rural Pennsylvania.