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  • The Flight 800 Investigation
    he had not seen Cmdr Donaldson s report If after reading this report you disagree you should speak out Aviation Subcommittee 7 19 97 Transcript Congressman Traficant s Report Added 3 15 99 Congressman Traficant s Letter to Secretary of Defense Cohen Added 4 9 99 Press Release by Donaldson 5 24 99 Letter to Congressman Duncan Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation 5 24 99 Transcript of May 6 Hearing 5 28 99 Letter to Congressman Smith House Ethics Committee PDF version 5 24 99 Press Release by Donaldson 5 24 99 Donaldson s Appearance at the Granada Forum 6 14 99 PDF or Gif format Associated Press Politicians Faced with Lie Detectors 9 13 99 Donaldson Responds to Traficant s Defender Letter from Paul Marcone Rep Traficant s Chief of Staff 10 23 99 Response from Cmdr Donaldson to Paul Marcone 10 23 99 Roll Call Rep Traficant Expects To Be Indicted Soon 2 3 00 The New Republic Crimetown USA 4 Part article on James Traficant 7 7 00 Roll Call Traficant Invokes 5th Amendment 7 24 00 Political Landscape A Hero Crumbles to Mud and Dust 8 7 00 WorldNetDaily Congressman Reno a traitor 8 8

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  • The Flight 800 Investigation
    was the probable cause of the accident The explosion resulted from ignition of the flammable fuel air mixture in the tank Outcomes of the TWA flight 800 Investigation The goal of any NTSB investigation is to improve transportation safety In the TWA flight 800 accident report we noted at least 26 documented fuel tank explosions or fires since 1959 We ultimately recommended that the FAA require design inspection and operational changes to make center wing fuel tanks and aircraft electrical wiring systems safer As a result the FAA required many changes resulting in improvements in aviation safety These new requirements came from the NTSB s careful consideration of the full spectrum of evidence in this case See Improvements Resulting from NTSB s Recommendations The Petition for Reconsideration of NTSB s Findings In June 2013 a group called The TWA 800 Project filed a petition for reconsideration calling on the NTSB to reconsider and modify our findings and determination of probable cause To consider the petition the NTSB assembled a team of investigators not previously associated with the original investigation The petitioners claimed that a detonation or high velocity explosion caused the crash The petitioners advanced two claims that the NTSB could consider under the regulations In one the petitioners relied on a subset of previously available radar evidence organized around their alternative explanation of the crash However this analysis upon review was flawed In the other the petitioners introduced witness summaries obtained from the FBI that we treated as new evidence But the witness summaries did not differ substantially from the evidence available during the NTSB s original investigation None of the physical evidence supports the theory that the streak of light observed by some witnesses was a missile The original investigation looked for evidence of fragments from a missile

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/ntsb-7-9-14.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • The Flight 800 Investigation
    a news release announcing the documentary said They waited until after retirement to reveal how the official conclusion by the NTSB was falsified and lay out their case The documentary TWA Flight 800 will premiere July 17 the 17th anniversary of the crash The co producer of the film Tom Stalcup is co founder of the Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization and has been a longtime and passionate critic of the official investigation Suspicions that criminals or terrorists were behind the TWA 800 explosion are not new The FBI conducted a parallel investigation but concluded that the incident was not a crime or terrorist attack The NTSB ultimately ruled that the explosion was caused by an electrical short most likely originating in a fuel gauge line which found its way into the center wing fuel tank detonating the lethal fuel vapors there The NTSB said Tuesday that it was aware of the pending release of the documentary which will air on EPIX TV network and of the producers intent to file a petition to reopen the investigation As required by NTSB regulation a petition for reconsideration of board findings must be based on the discovery of NEW evidence or on a showing that the board s findings are erroneous NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said in a statement At this point the NTSB has not received a petition however we stand ready to review one should it be filed Petitions are reviewed and a determination typically is made within 60 days but the NTSB can take longer if necessary she said The safety board s investigation of TWA 800 lasted four years and remains one of the NTSB s most extensive investigations Nantel said Investigators spent an enormous amount of time reviewing documenting and analyzing facts and data and held a

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/cnn-6-19-13.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • Cashill-1-2-13
    me As he tells it Graduate has a very sensitive White House source who described for him the dynamics of the White House Situation Room in the moments prior to the loss of TWA Flight 800 Apparently a number of senior military and civilian government personnel had gathered to watch in real time on a battlefield monitor a Navy demonstration then taking place in the Atlantic south of Long Island On display according to Graduate s source was a secret anti aircraft missile developed for the Seawolf class of attack submarines The Navy planned to use the missile to defend the subs when sailing ahead of the fleet without air cover especially in shallow water when vulnerable to shore based defenses A second Navy source described for Graduate the missile and swivel tube concept taken from a British design and upgraded for use in Seawolf class submarines The multi tube launcher swivels to point the missile in the desired direction before launch Once out of the tube the missile is no longer under control of the submarine s weapons software As I understand it this lack of control especially in a highly trafficked are like the south shore of Long Island necessitated a second sub with missile capacity to be used as a backstop An errant missile and its would be interceptor may well account for what two Air National Guard Blackhawk helicopter pilots saw that evening Capt Fred Meyer and his two man crew had been practicing instrument approaches at the nearby Gabreski Field At about 8 30 that evening with his copilot flying an approach Meyer pressed his face up against the windscreen to scan for a Cessna said to be in the area It was then that he saw a red orange streak of light in the sky flash very rapidly from west to east for about three to five seconds From ten miles away as Meyer saw the streak it was moving in a gradually descending arc that resembled the path of a shooting star There was a break where it seemed to stop and then for an instant Meyer saw nothing And then suddenly says Meyer I saw an explosion high velocity explosion military ordnance looked like flak in the sky No more than two seconds later farther to the left but down he saw a flash once again a high velocity explosion brilliant white light His copilot Capt Chris Baur saw an object that came from the left And it appeared to be like like a white hot like a pyrotechnic The incendiary device Baur saw was moving in the opposite direction from the one Meyer saw when it made the object on the right explode 3 Is that pyro asked Baur himself an experienced former Army helicopter pilot No pyro I ve ever seen answered Meyer who had won a Distinguished Flying Cross for his many rescue missions over North Vietnam The pilots and their flight engineer Dennis Richardson all saw what came

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/cashill-1-2-13.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • The Flight 800 Investigation
    agree that this was a ballistic missile being fired off of Los Angeles Pentagon insists it was a jet aircraft or model rocket There are no records of a plane in the area having taken off from Los Angeles International Airport or from other airports in the region The Navy and Air Force have said that they were not conducting any missile tests from submarines ships or Vandenberg Air Force Base The Navy has also ruled out an accidental firing from one of its own submarines Missile experts including those from Jane s in London say the plume was definitely from a missile possibly launched from a submarine WMR has learned that the missile was likely a JL 2 ICBM which has a range of 7 000 miles and was fired in a northwesterly direction over the Pacific and away from U S territory from a Jin class submarine The Jin class can carry up to twelve such missiles Navy sources have revealed that the missile may have impacted on Chinese territory and that the National Security Agency NSA likely posseses intercepts of Chinese telemtry signals during the missile firing and subsequent testing operations Japanese and other Asian intelligence agencies believe that a Chinese Jin class SSBN submarine conducted missile show of force in skies west of Los Angeles Asian intelligence sources believe the submarine transited from its base on Hainan through South Pacific waters where U S anti submarine warfare detection capabilities are not as effective as they are in the northern and mid Pacific and then transited north to waters off of Los Angeles The Pentagon which has spent billions on ballistic missile defense systems a pet project of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is clearly embarrassed over the Chinese show of strength Likely route of Jin class

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/LA-Missile-11-17-10.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • The Flight 800 Investigation
    it trys to acquire the targeting beam This tells me its a Big Boy with a complete guidance system installed in it what is nicknamed a fire and forget missile as once its launched its internal guidance system takes over and there is no real need for external guidance Secondly I m fairly confident its not one of ours as the vapor trail appears dirty it looks brownish I have personally been involved in 5 SM2 missile launches and 2 ASROC missile launches and have been on safety observation for at least 15 more launches of Harpoons Tomahawks and other missiles We put a lot of sweat and money into our birds and part of that is the fuel cells they burn very clean a whitish blue infact not a dirty blackish brown That missile had rather crude fuel cells which tells me its not one of ours I bet the brass in Washington is freaked out big time because of what I know of our defenses they should really have had a pretty good idea this thing was sitting there and they should have been watching it not only that the moment it broke the surface of the water and ignited our early warning dopplar should have picked it up and relayed the info to NORAD and the CAP units flying patrol over the country Any high ranking expert who believes this is a condensation trail off of a commercial airliner is lying or stupid I hope you hear from other Fire Control Techs who saw the same thing I did I forgot something as any Firecontrol Tech or Gunnersmate will verify the protocals to launch a missile are so complex there is no way this was an accidental launch I do not want to share too much info

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/LA-Missile-11-16-10.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • The Flight 800 Investigation
    is still operating under certain conditions it could ignite fuel and air vapors causing an explosion In the meantime flight crews are supposed to shut off the pumps themselves when fuel gets low The estimated fleetwide cost of complying with the order is 4 6 million Boeing spokeswoman Liz Verdier said the Chicago based aircraft manufacturer sent operators of 767s a service bulletin two years ago recommending the changes in20Wednesday s FAA order Compliance with service bulletins is voluntary Verdier said she didn t know how many operators may have already installed the automatic shut off systems FAA has no authority to order foreign carriers operating 767s to install the shut off systems but most operators usually comply voluntarily or are ordered to do so by aviation authorities in their countries There are about 960 of the 767s in operation worldwide including 414 in the U S Verdier said The latest order is one of a lengthy series of steps taken in the last decade to prevent the possible ignition of vapors inside fuel tanks in response to the explosion of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of New York s Long Island in 1996 All 230 people on board

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/faa-8-20-09.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • Associated Retired Aviation Professionals
    in the 1980s In 2002 the Bush administration said Al Qaeda planned to position Stingers or similar Chinese and Russian made SA 7 missile systems they had trained with around the globe So if this weapon is so powerful and easy to get why has there been no wave of terrorist attacks on commercial jets We called someone who might know Milt Bearden a retired senior C I A official who ran the agency s operations in Afghanistan during that country s war with the Soviet Union in the 1980s Mr Bearden told The Lede that the fear of terror attacks with Stingers is nearly two decades old When TWA Flight 800 went down everyone went nuts he recalled as speculation was rampant that the jet might have been shot down with a Stinger missile After investigators discarded that theory most Americans forgot about the shoulder fired missiles Even so as Steve Coll wrote in his book Ghost Wars the C I A spent quite a bit of money buying back as many leftover Stingers as possible from Afghan warlords during this period precisely because of the fear that they might be used against American planes We were handing them out like lollipops an American intelligence official later said After the Soviet troops left the C I A fretted that loose Stingers would be bought by terrorist groups or hostile governments such as Iran s for use against American civilian passenger planes or military aircraft Between 2 000 and 2 500 missiles had been given away by the C I A to Afghan rebels during the war Many had gone to commanders associated with anti American radical Islamist leaders Pakistan s intelligence service handled most of the repurchases on a subcontract basis for the C I A earning an authorized commission for each missile collected The total cash spent by the C I A on Stinger repurchases during the mid 1990s rivaled the total cash donations by other sections of the U S government for other humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan during those years by the American government In December 2001 Slate reported that the Pentagon stated that some 200 to 300 of these U S made shoulder launched surface to air missiles remained in Taliban and Al Qaeda hands So what happened to them According to Mr Bearden they are probably just too old to work properly by now The last ones were delivered in 1988 he told The Lede and its a pretty complex system a lot of things can go funky in 21 years As for the similar but older and less advanced SA 7 model made first by the Soviets and deployed in the failed attack in Kenya he said It s just not a very good weapon Another possible explanation is simply that Stingers and other shoulder fired missiles have been used by Islamic militants but against American military targets rather than civilian ones In Afghanistan and Iraq reports on the exact causes of helicopter or

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/nytimes-5-22-09.htm (2016-02-13)
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