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Discovery of 9/11 airliner piece brings back painful memories for victims’ families

The discovery is both shocking for the amount of time that has passed by – and bothersome for the painful memories it has resurrected.

A five foot section of airplane landing gear from one of the jetliners that crashed into the Towers in 2001.

It was found Friday, lodged in between two buildings — one of them a Mosque — just a couple of blocks away from the World Trade Center Site.

“Then all of a sudden you get a phone call, and something else related to 9/11 has happened. That’s completely uncalled for. I mean, this should have been found a long time ago”, said retired FDNY Fire Chief Jim Riches.

Retired Deputy Fire Chief Jim Riches lost his son – who was also a firefighter – on 9/11.

“They’re finding big pieces like that, there’s gotta be body parts all over lower Manhattan”, said Riches.

But is there a silver lining to finding this old piece of machinery? Riches says yes – particularly for 9/11 families still looking for closure.

“Yeah it opens up everybody’s eyes. Let’s get this going. I mean, there are mistakes being made. We’re not pointing fingers at anybody. We just feel we need a full comprehensive search of lower Manhattan. Give the medical examiner’s office and the other city agencies a hand in searching for the human remains, body parts and other parts, and let’s get this search done once and for all”, Riches said.

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