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    more than two nautical miles beyond the place where TWA800 hit the water In fact we can t even be sure that TWA800 still existed at the time of the last CST sweeps Consequently we can t use the position and time of the CST sweeps to help determine the position and time of impact Fortunately the primary returns were recorded separately and their coordinates were obtained by means of a FOIA request They were used by Bob Donaldson and Tom Stalcup in their separate analyses which include the following arguments against the zoom climb Everyone is familiar with a childhood swing If you are on a swing and if you drop five feet from the top of the arc to the bottom of the arc how fast are you moving horizontally at the bottom of the arc It is a simple calculation The horizontal velocity is the same as the vertical velocity that you would have had if you dropped straight down five feet Using Newton s equations for gravitational motion the vertical velocity would be about 18 feet per second The supporting rope of the swing just changes the direction of that motion The rope does not add to or subtract from the tangential velocity because the rope is always perpendicular to the tangential velocity Assuming no friction you will lose that same velocity as you climb back up to the original height on the opposite half of the swing That same principle applies to the hypothetical zoom climb of TWA800 only in this case TWA800 is starting at the bottom of the swing and the rope is replaced by the lift of the wing which is perpendicular to the forward velocity If TWA800 had climbed 3200 feet as claimed by the CIA then the horizontal velocity would have decreased by the 3200 foot drop velocity of about 454 feet per second or 269 knots The horizontal velocity at the time of the explosion as recorded by radar was about 380 knots In other words TWA800 s forward speed as measured by radar would have decreased to 111 knots during the hypothetical zoom climb That just didn t happen In fact the radar detected a slight increase of speed during the period TWA800 was supposed to be in a zoom climb Quite simply that means there was no zoom climb Another other part that doesn t fit is the time It takes longer to climb 3200 feet and then fall to the ocean than it does to simply fall to the ocean The actual time from explosion to impact fits a ballistic free fall It does not fit a zoom climb When the aviation community laughed at the CIA cartoon the NTSB reduced its verbal description of the zoom climb to 1500 feet for its presentation at the public hearing three weeks later But the NTSB had already provided the 3200 foot zoom climb information used by the CIA and the NTSB still used the 3200 foot zoom

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    800 came to an end On the next day for instance the FAA began to inquire whether any dog training exercises had ever taken place on the plane that would become TWA 800 On the same day as CNN reported the FBI now claimed publicly for the first time that the explosive residue found along the right wing could have been brought on the plane by a passenger and was not part of a bomb Likewise after the meeting the FBI would do no more eyewitness interviews at least not for the next two months The Bureau only did a handful after that and all of those for the wrong reasons The search was now on for a rationale to explain away both the explosive residue and the stunningly specific testimony of 270 eyewitnesses This fully misdirected inquiry would result in the two most egregious corruptions of the investigation The first was the FBI s claim that a dog training exercise in St Louis six weeks before the crash resulted in the spilling of the explosive residue found on the plane The second was the CIA s claim that a 3 200 foot climb by a nose less TWA 800 fooled the eyewitnesses into thinking they had seen a missile The CIA based its theory on an eyewitness interview that never took place This can be easily proved The FBI based its theory on a dog training exercise that never took place This too can be easily proved Both fabrications were conscious As I explained to Mr Salzenberg mine was not a crank call I had written a book on TWA Flight 800 I had just the day before undergone a smart three hour interview by the History Channel on the subject I understand the political dynamics of the investigation better than anyone who was not actively complicit As I explained too there is excellent reason to believe that Gorelick s dubious role in the TWA 800 investigation contributed to New York s vulnerability in the days leading up to Sept 11 I suggested that Gorelick may have been appointed to the panel to discourage any connections from being made between July 1996 and September 2001 I could see no other reason why she would leave her cushy gig as vice chairman of Fannie Mae to serve as one of only five Democrats on the commission Mr Salzenberg promised that he would look into the Gorelick issue and get back to me Three weeks later on March 10 I called him I explained again who I was and what my concern was I have talked to 400 people since then he said gruffly He did not remember the call I explained in more detail Oh you re that freelancer he added dismissively If it matters I said I m the executive editor of a respectable Midwest business magazine and I ve written a book on the subject at hand Mr Salzenberg asked me what I wanted It struck me that

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    responsible for the bombing of Philippine Airlines Flight 434 on Dec 11 1994 Any explosion in Manila s airport would raise suspicion as to its origins especially if it were the only explosion of its kind in the history of aviation A second problem with the Philippine Airlines explosion was the nature of the damage Reportedly the explosion blew the entire top of the center wing tank violently upwards The upward blast in the case of TWA Flight 800 was clearly a localized event limited to a specific area at the right side of the center wing tank concentrated between span wise beams 2 and 3 The Philippine 737 may have blown up on its own but if it did it shed no light on the fate of TWA Flight 800 When the aforementioned panel met in August 2001 it had another case to consider A Thai Airways Boeing 737 that had exploded on the tarmac in Bangkok on March 3 2001 This too was ruled a center wing tank explosion but the panel had good reason to be suspicious The Associated Press report on the day of the Thai explosion was admirably straightforward A passenger jet Thailand s prime minister was to board exploded and went up in flames 35 minutes before its scheduled departure Saturday noted the AP Apparently Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was on his way to the Bangkok International Airport when the plane blew up on the runway Thailand has a history of coups and violent overthrows of governments the AP reported The explosion came two days after Thaksin gave Thailand s Constitutional Court 21 boxes of documents as part of his defense against a corruption indictment that could evict him from office According to the AP the Thai Airways president had said that there was a loud noise that sounded like an explosion before the fire started The AP paraphrased the plane s captain as saying It was impossible for the plane to explode from an internal malfunction if the engines had not yet been started The fully loaded fuel tanks located in the plane s wings were intact indicating that burning fuel was not the cause of the explosion The New York Times was even more specific Minutes before Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was to board a Thai Airways jet this weekend an explosion from beneath his assigned seat blew apart the plane On March 5 CNN added more telling details One was that the the blast ripped through the floor and ceiling a likely sign of a bomb in the passenger section The second was the identification by Thailand s defense minister of the composition of the bomb as definitely C 4 Nor was this the first time that a Thai plane had blown up On Oct 29 1986 explosives planted in a lavatory of a Thai International Airways jet sent the plane plunging 21 000 feet before the plane could make an emergency landing The plane was on its way to Osaka

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    to the fuel tanks In addition to the weight and space penalty installing such a system would be a retrofitting nightmare Then where do you get the nitrogen You can store it in a large pressurized container but that is another weight and space penalty with its own safety hazard if the container ruptures And believe me it takes a lot of nitrogen as I will explain in a moment The other option is to generate the nitrogen as needed Air is about 80 nitrogen We just need a device on the aircraft to separate the oxygen out of the air before we send the nitrogen to the vapor space in the fuel tanks That sounds good until you consider how much and how fast the nitrogen is needed As you know the density of air decreases as you climb The rule of thumb is that it decreases by half each 18 000 feet the fuel tanks are vented to outside atmosphere In other words at 36 000 feet the density is about one fourth of the density at sea level At the end of a flight the tanks are relatively empty so as you descend you would need to generate enough nitrogen to fill the tanks at sea level pressure That is a daunting requirement and it would require substantial equipment and substantial fuel to operate the equipment oxygen nitrogen separation is not energy free The answer then is the same as the answer now Use a fuel that is less volatile Such a fuel was developed and there has never been a fuel tank explosion using this new fuel while it is in the liquid state That includes TWA800 Jet A fuel will burn when it is atomized That is the way it is burned in the engines

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    11 attacks and is looking at derailing trains possibly carrying hazardous material according to a top U S intelligence official Robert Hutchings chairman of the National Intelligence Council which reports to the CIA director did not give details of the plots but provided the most recent public outline from an intelligence official of the al Qaeda threat The network blamed for the Sept 11 2001 attacks that killed 3 000 people seeks targets that would strike a blow to the U S economy Hutchings said in a Jan 14 speech to the International Security Management Association in Arizona the text of which was posted on Feb 4 on the NIC s Web site Soft targets including the U S stock market banks major companies and tall buildings are a primary focus of active al Qaeda planning he said Those targets are seen as easier to hit than U S government buildings and major infrastructure which have higher security Hutchings said Al Qaeda has looked at derailing trains perhaps carrying hazardous materials to attack U S interests he said Nuclear power plants water treatment facilities and other public utilities are high on al Qaeda s target list he said Advertisement The U S government is concerned that al Qaeda will try to take its ability to build truck bombs as demonstrated by past attacks in Kenya Saudi Arabia and Turkey and marry it with toxic or radioactive material to increase the damage and psychological impact of an attack Hutchings said My biggest worry however is how far al Qaeda might have progressed in being able to deploy a chemical nuclear or biological weapon against the United States or its allies he said U S authorities have found several examples of al Qaeda adjusting its tactics to circumvent increased airline security Hutchings

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    TWA 800 FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said In that case investigators concluded a wiring problem triggered an electrical short that ignited fuel vapors in the center wing tank of the older model Boeing 747 The plane crashed in the Atlantic off New York s Long Island killing all 230 people aboard Blakey said the FAA will propose a regulation later this year requiring the industry to install a fuel tank

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    our forums Posted 17 February 2004 12 34am ET 0534 GMT Singapore Air to launch anti missile defense system AP A Singapore Airlines 747 400 jetliner departs Los Angeles International Airport in this December 2003 photo Chris Kilroy View Full Size SINGAPORE Singapore s government said Sunday it plans to install anti missile defenses on the airplanes of its national carrier and a subsidiary Authorities are developing a defensive device that they hope to have ready for use by Singapore Airlines and SilkAir planes in two years said Ministry of Defense spokesman Alex Tan The government has not yet determined how it will spread the cost between the government and the airline Tan said He did not provide a cost estimate Singapore s military planes are already outfitted with missile defense technology the spokesman said Fears of an attack on commercial jetliners increased after terrorists fired two heat seeking rockets that missed an Israeli passenger plane taking off from Kenya in November 2002 Advertisement In November a shoulder fired missile struck a DHL Cargo plane over Iraq forcing it to make an emergency landing with its wing on fire photos Al Qaida linked regional militants are believed to have tried

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    AirDisaster Com News Discuss this story in our forums Posted 09 February 2004 12 41am ET 0541 GMT Terrorists planning to assemble bombs on planes AFP LONDON AFP Terrorist groups plan to evade strict airport security by carrying bombs components onto flights and assembling the devices only when they are on the plane according to a report Teams of terrorists have carried out at least 12 dry runs of the plan The Observer weekly said quoting unnamed security sources in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere The idea was to test the scheme on flights around the Mediterranean and the Middle East where security standards are less stringent before attempting to bring down a transatlantic airliner A series of flights from Britain and France to the United States were cancelled over the Christmas and New Year period and again last month after US authorities warned of a credible threat of an attack Security on flights has been beefed up greatly since the al Qaeda terrorist group caused carnage on September 11 2001 by taking over a series of flights and using them as missiles According to The Observer the new plan has been recounted by captured Islamic militants and has been corroborated

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