30 Apr '13, 11pm
Search for 9/11 body parts resumes in New York after unexpected discovery of plane wreckage
NEW YORK (AFP) - Criminal investigators combed for human remains on Tuesday in a narrow gap between two Manhattan buildings where a piece of plane wreckage from the 9/11 attacks 12 years ago was unexpectedly discovered last week. Dozens of firefighters and investigators in white suits were on hand for the search two blocks from the World Trade Center, where on Sept 11, 2001 two hijacked airliners smashed into the Twin Towers, causing massive destruction and nearly 3,000 deaths. Last week a large chunk of one of the Boeing airliners used in the attacks was found jammed into the passageway and was later identified as being part of a rear wing flap system. The discovery recalled the incredible chaos of 9/11 in the heart of the world's biggest financial centre and prompted authorities to expand their off-and-on, often fruitless effort to identify the remains of those who died.