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NYC workers to begin searching for human remains at site where possible 9/11 plane part found

  • New York City Police officers stand on a sidewalk in Lower Manhattan Monday, April 29, 2013, near the place where a rusted metal part from the wing of a Boeing 767 was found wedged between a mosque and an apartment building on Friday, April 26. Investigators initially thought it was part of the landing gear, because both pieces have similar hydraulics. Authorities believe the aircraft part is from one of the two hijacked planes used in the Sept. 11 attacks on the nearby World Trade Center. The medical examiner's office said Monday it is preparing the site and plans to begin sifting for human remains in the area on Tuesday, April 30. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    New York City Police officers stand on a sidewalk in Lower Manhattan Monday, April 29, 2013, near the place where a rusted metal part from the wing of a Boeing 767 was found wedged between a mosque and an apartment building on Friday, April 26. Investigators initially thought it was part of the landing gear, because both pieces have similar hydraulics. Authorities believe the aircraft part is from one of the two hijacked planes used in the Sept. 11 attacks on the nearby World Trade Center. The medical examiner's office said Monday it is preparing the site and plans to begin sifting for human remains in the area on Tuesday, April 30. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confer near a building in Lower Manhattan Monday, April 29, 2013, near the place where a rusted metal part from the wing of a Boeing 767 was found wedged between a mosque and an apartment building on Friday, April 26. Investigators initially thought it was part of the landing gear, because both pieces have similar hydraulics. Authorities believe the aircraft part is from one of the two hijacked planes used in the Sept. 11 attacks on the nearby World Trade Center. The medical examiner's office said Monday it is preparing the site and plans to begin sifting for human remains in the area on Tuesday, April 30. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Members of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confer near a building in Lower Manhattan Monday, April 29, 2013, near the place where a rusted metal part from the wing of a Boeing 767 was found wedged between a mosque and an apartment building on Friday, April 26. Investigators initially thought it was part of the landing gear, because both pieces have similar hydraulics. Authorities believe the aircraft part is from one of the two hijacked planes used in the Sept. 11 attacks on the nearby World Trade Center. The medical examiner's office said Monday it is preparing the site and plans to begin sifting for human remains in the area on Tuesday, April 30. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York City Police and members of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner enter a building in Lower Manhattan Monday, April 29, 2013, near the place where a rusted metal part from the wing of a Boeing 767 was found wedged between a mosque and an apartment building on Friday, April 26. Investigators initially thought it was part of the landing gear, because both pieces have similar hydraulics. Authorities believe the aircraft part is from one of the two hijacked planes used in the Sept. 11 attacks on the nearby World Trade Center. The medical examiner's office said Monday it is preparing the site and plans to begin sifting for human remains in the area on Tuesday, April 30. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    New York City Police and members of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner enter a building in Lower Manhattan Monday, April 29, 2013, near the place where a rusted metal part from the wing of a Boeing 767 was found wedged between a mosque and an apartment building on Friday, April 26. Investigators initially thought it was part of the landing gear, because both pieces have similar hydraulics. Authorities believe the aircraft part is from one of the two hijacked planes used in the Sept. 11 attacks on the nearby World Trade Center. The medical examiner's office said Monday it is preparing the site and plans to begin sifting for human remains in the area on Tuesday, April 30. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

Workers for the New York City medical examiner's office will begin sifting soil for possible human remains at a site near the World Trade Center where a part believed to be from a plane hijacked by terrorists on 9/11 was found.

Officials say sifting will start on Tuesday after the area is first tested for possible toxicity.

The aircraft part was discovered on Wednesday wedged between an apartment building and a mosque that in 2010 prompted virulent national debate about Islam and freedom of speech because it's just blocks from ground zero.

Authorities believe the part is from one of the two hijacked planes that brought down the trade center on Sept. 11, 2001. Of the nearly 3,000 victims, remains of about 1,000 were never recovered.