Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2017.174.1
Dimensions: 11.25 in X 14.5 in X 1 in
Dimensions (Metric): 28.575 cm X 36.83 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Recovered airline-issued emergency bag, heavily damaged. The red bag is wrinkled, ripped, and covered in dirt and dust. "PROPERTY OF AMR CORPORATION | DO NOT REMOVE FROM AIRCRAFT" is printed on the front in white text. The bag is empty but likely contained emergency medical equipment such as a defibrillator.
The discovery of human remains in a utility manhole at the World Trade Center site in October 2006 prompted an expanded search for potential human remains. From 2006 to 2010, OCME forensic archaeologists excavated streets along the perimeter of the site and searched rooftops and utility manholes as well as places inaccessible during the initial recovery. More than a thousand potential human remains were recovered, enabling DNA analysts to make 13 new victim identifications.
This bag was excavated during that period and identified as coming from hijacked American Airlines Flight 11, as AMR Corporation was a parent company of American Airlines until 2013. The medical equipment would have been stowed in an overhead bin for emergency use if a passenger suffered a heart attack while airborne.