SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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Fuselage fragment. Negative #: 2002-5962.8


Location: World Trade Center
Source: Transfer from the Federal Bureau of Investigation


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Airplane fragments
Description: These seven airplane fragments were recovered from the World Trade Center debris pile.

Context: On September 11, 2001, 19 Islamic extremists, following a highly coordinated plan, hijacked four commercial jet liners and attempted to fly them into four separate buildings. American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 bound to Los Angeles from Boston, was crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 am. All 76 passengers, eleven crew members, and five hijackers were killed. United Airlines Flight 175, another Boeing 767 bound to Los Angeles from Boston, was crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center at 9:03 am. All 51 passengers, nine crew members, and five hijackers were killed.

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Wing strut
Wing strut found at World Trade Center site.
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Seat belt
Seat belt from a crew memberís jump seat on American Airlines Flight 11, the plane that was crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.
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Fuel tank fragment
A fragment of a wing fuel tank found at the World Trade Center site shows a thick compound around the nuts, used to prevent fuel leaks.
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Airplane fuselage skin
Fragment of fuselage skin found at World Trade Center site.
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Staten Island recovery site
Curators encountered the airplane fragments, marked with green paint by the recovery team, piled in a special area of the Staten Island recovery site.
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Marked fuselage
The recovery team marked this piece of airplane fuselage with green paint.
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Seat belt in Museum storage
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"...we have had unusual cooperation"
Jim Gardner
Project Director, September 11: Bearing Witness to History. Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs
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"Airplanes made this happen, so we could not ignore the airplanes..."
David Shayt
September 11 Collecting Curator. Museum Specialist, Division of Cultural History

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