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  • Flight 800 Investigation
    vapors Remember that these tanks are vented these are not pressure vessels So the residual fuel that would always be present in the tank would give off vapors which displace the air out the vent The Boeing 747 fuel tank in question had not been emptied Presumably it had been quiescent on the ground for many hours prior to flight The fuel tank should therefore have been fully saturated in fuel such that all air had been displaced Furthermore as the aircraft climbed and pressure dropped the tank would have further evacuated fresh air would not have been drawn into the vented tank until the aircraft descended As air pressure dropped so would the boiling point resulting in a greater concentration of vapors and displacement of oxygen Therefore a spark or even an open flame could not have ignited the vapors Perhaps this explains why aircraft fuel tanks are not exploding all the time and car fuel tanks as well In fact TWA800 is the only aviation case I have knowledge of and I am an interested person who follows these things I am a private pilot with a life long aviation passion The Discovery Channel presentation is defective 1 The test tank was freshly filled and immediately tested not allowing time for the atmosphere within the tank to saturate with vapors as would have been the case with the TWA800 aircraft 2 The test tank had air circulation fans installed within which would have both inhibited evacuation of air and introduced fuel droplets into the air The 747 had no such mixing fans 3 The test tank was tested at atmospheric pressure The TWA800 event occurred at 15 000 feet or so where pressure is greatly reduced 4 The test tank was artificially heated by a salamander perhaps producing

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  • Flight 800 Investigation
    the initial explosion and separation of the aircraft s nose section The zoom climb as depicted in several video animations of the disaster produced by both the CIA and the NTSB was used to repudiate witness statements indicating TWA Flight 800 may have been engaged by a missile before exploding The government claims the witnesses actually saw the aircraft in various stages of crippled flight rather than a missile strike All 230 people aboard the aircraft were killed Capt Lahr through his lawsuit has essentially demonstrated that there was no zoom climb and the CIA and NTSB animations have no basis in fact In this latest development the FBI has released apparently in error a formerly totally redacted analysis of a video shot on L I New York on July 12 1996 This was just 5 days before the July 17 1996 disaster The video analyzed by the Defense Intelligence Agency DIA on July 23 1996 advised that after a visual analysis of both the videotape as well as a number of still photographs taken from various portions of the tape the phenomenon captured by redacted appeared to be consistent with the exhaust plume from a MANPAD missile While the document indicates there were scanned images of the still photographs attached as an appendix Capt Lahr received no accompanying photographic images MANPADS short for the Man Portable Air Defense System missile is a highly effective weapon proliferated worldwide Typically containing an Infrared IR seeker the missile offers little opportunity for a warning before impact Impacts are often lethal Examples of lethality include 1 the Afghan mujahedeen killing of 269 Soviet aircraft with 340 such missiles 2 Desert Storm evidence that IR missiles produced 56 of the kills and 79 of the Allied aircraft damaged and 3 civil aircraft experiencing a

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    his son Yet 11 years after the center fuel tank of TWA Flight 800 caught fire killing 230 people the Federal Aviation Administration still does not require commercial jetliners to carry devices to make the fuel in their tanks inert and Hurd is angry about it It s like they re waiting for another fuel tank to explode before they act said Hurd vice president of the Families of TWA Flight 800 Association It s unacceptable at this point Before the TWA catastrophe the deadliest of 17 incidents involving an airplane fuel tank explosion since 1960 the FAA had targeted sources of ignitions like faulty wires in its efforts to prevent such fires But in a set of regulations proposed in November 2005 the FAA acknowledged that it was unlikely ever to identify and eradicate all possible sources of ignition The proposed rules also said that to lower the chances of a fuel tank fire about 3 800 jetliners registered in the United States should be retrofitted with systems to make fuel tanks inert Airline industry trade groups balked at the projected cost at least 532 million based on FAA estimates and questioned the FAA s prediction that as many as nine jetliners were likely to be destroyed by a fuel tank explosion in the next 50 years There has not been a fuel tank explosion since Flight 800 We ve eliminated the ignition sources said Basil Barimo the Air Transport Association s vice president of safety and operations They made projections based on conditions that have since changed he said adding that safer jet fuel and pumping practices had reduced fuel tank flammability Cutting the oxygen in tanks from 21 percent the amount in air to 12 percent would prevent combustion said Bill Cavage fuel tank safety project manager

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    tank explosions such as that on TWA Flight 800 Called the GOBIGGS TM this cutting edge green technology is the result of several years development in the anticipation of the pending FAA ruling which will require improved fuel tank safety systems on commercial passenger aircraft Since 1960 there have been 17 worldwide airplane fuel tank explosions Of these 17 explosions three involved a heated center wing fuel tank for which no ignition source could be determined Philippine Airlines 5 11 90 TWA Flight 800 7 17 96 and Thai Airways International 3 3 01 Prior to the TWA 800 accident most aviation experts believed that minimizing ignition sources was the best way to avoid a fuel tank explosion However these three mysterious accidents altered this assumption The FAA airlines manufacturers and the National Transportation Safety Board NTSB now believe that the solution to avoiding airplane fuel tank explosions is twofold eliminate ignition sources and reduce the flammability of the tank With the GOBIGGS TM Phyre Technologies Inc has developed the first environmentally friendly on board fuel tank inerting system for large passenger jets This closed loop system reduces tank flammability by replacing the oxygen in the fuel tank with an

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    than the truth and confidence in our government and if someone won t fight for that we ll lose it Ray said For nearly nine years Captain Lahr has been trying to gain access to records the government used to conclude that a center fuel tank explosion not a missile brought down TWA Flight 800 ten years ago Back then the CIA crash investigation concluded that after the fuel tank exploded separating the cockpit from the plane the aircraft continued to climb 3200 feet The NTSB concluded the 258 witnesses who reported seeing a streak of light from a possible missile actually observed burning fuel coming from plane as it continued to move upward Captain Lahr refers to this as the zoom climb theory which he believes defies physics They ve made some false assumptions put into that simulation program and that s why I want that data he said Captain Lahr may get some of the data In a recent federal court ruling a U S district court judge granted the former pilot access to most of the documents he s requested The judge stating in his ruling that taken together this evidence is sufficient to permit plaintiff to proceed based on his claim that the government acted improperly in its investigation of Flight 800 or at least performed in a grossly negligent fashion Jim Hoffer What do you think these documents are going to show Captain Lahr I believe that I could show that the zoom climb never happened If the zoom climb never happened then they ve got to find out what the eyewitnesses saw and the only logical conclusion there is is that they saw a missile Peter Goelz former NTSB managing director There is absolutely no evidence that a missile was fired at this aircraft

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    papers without a hearing Parties shall not be precluded by the fact that they have approved this judgment as to form from appealing any aspect of this judgment or of the orders dated 8 31 06 or 10 4 06 See document for further details ir Entered 10 18 2006 When and if I receive the requested information I feel confident that it will show that false assumptions were made regarding the zoom climb that was propounded in order to discredit the eyewitnesses who reported seeing a missile Namely when the nose was blown off the CG moved 10 feet aft the aircraft immediately pitched up into a stall and the aircraft could never climb and then dive as depicted in the zoom climb scenario This may be some vindication for this ALPA statement which was included in the official NTSB TWA800 accident report Furthermore although ALPA does not doubt the technical capability of the NTSB we are concerned that this analysis was essentially accomplished by only one individual at the Board with little or no party input or participation It is a well known and accepted tenet of engineering analysis that the output results can only be as accurate as the input data Thus far that input data has never been revealed If it is released and the zoom climb is disproved the government must then acknowledge the eyewitness missile reports Then the government must determine who fired the missile Against all of the rules of evidence the NTSB adopted the zoom climb conclusion without providing any supporting data or calculations It is unfortunate that the missile issue was avoided by this zoom climb ruse If the missile issue had been squarely faced TWA might be flying today Instead TWA took the fall for allegedly operating an older aircraft

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    Lahr v National Transportation Safety Board No 2 03 cv 08023 C D Calif U S District Judge A Howard Matz granted access to the identities of eyewitnesses and flight characteristics of the aircraft but denied access to portions of an e mail and an National Security Agency computer simulation The judge is expected to rule in the next 30 days on two other pending motions which involve at least 23 more records according to John Clarke a solo practitioner in Washington who represents Lahr We re hoping this ruling will start an avalanche of FOIA suits said Clarke Charles Miller a spokesman for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice declined to comment while government lawyers review the decision The 55 page ruling sets the bar higher for the government said Ronald L M Goldman a partner and aviation attorney at Los Angeles based Baum Hedlund This is a significant ruling because of the care with which the court approached the issues said Goldman whose firm represented the families of more than a dozen victims of TWA Flight 800 As a practical matter it signals to those who would prefer to withhold documents they ll be held to a tougher standard Goldman said TWA Flight 800 bound for Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris crashed into the Atlantic Ocean minutes after taking off from John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City In 2000 the National Transportation Safety Board NTSB produced its accident report but the cause of the crash was questioned years later In March 2005 a federal judge in Massachusetts granted summary judgment to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a suit filed by Graeme Sephton then head of an organization representing families of the crash victims who sought a more complete search of

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    than in other countries particularly those in Africa and the Middle East Still the possibility worries police and intelligence officials because many missiles are on the black market and many terrorist groups have them Authorities estimate that terrorist organizations have several hundred to several thousand shoulder fired missiles which can cost as little as 5 000 In a report to Congress last month the Department of Homeland Security called missile attacks a real and international concern To counter the threat the U S government has spent more than 100 million to develop a reliable anti missile system to install on commercial planes The systems which are mounted underneath aircraft detect missile launches and then fire laser beams at the weapon to disrupt its guidance system and send it off course The military already uses such countermeasures on its aircraft The government hopes to develop systems that would cost about 1 million each for installation on thousands of jetliners But widespread deployment of such devices on the U S commercial fleet would probably take at least a decade The Department of Homeland Security is spending an additional 10 million to test different anti missile systems some of which could be ground based at airports Most security experts say commercial jets are most vulnerable when landing or taking off because they are going relatively slow and are low to the ground In the absence of technological solutions police have filled the gap Police at Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport conduct patrols but a spokeswoman declined to discuss security efforts in detail Shoulder fired missiles are small and can fit in a large duffel bag Some have ranges of up to three miles and some can reach altitudes of 15 000 feet Most departments began the patrols after two missiles barely missed an Israeli jetliner taking off in Kenya in late 2002 A DHL cargo plane was badly damaged after being struck by a missile in Iraq a year later In response the U S military cleared a large area around Baghdad s airport and commercial planes have taken the dramatic approach of flying over the airfield at 10 000 feet and then corkscrewing down to the runway to avoid missiles Maryland Transportation Authority Police officials have briefed officers on the missiles range and effectiveness Each officer has been given photographs of the missiles which are known in law enforcement circles as manpads for man portable air defense systems The photos which include close ups of the individual components are displayed in the department s BWI squad room with a large map that shows BWI Manpad Sites nearly a dozen locations that police check at random intervals because they think they would make good launching sites The biggest part of the effort focuses on officers such as Benner who on a recent afternoon spent 90 minutes checking the perimeter of the airport He inspected the Amtrak train station for explosives and drove through parking garages to ensure that no terrorists were

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