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  • February 24 - March 2, 1999
    it exploded But now when Kallstrom was asked about the eyewitnesses he said Let me say this to this day I still believe that the eyewitnesses were reporting what they saw Confoundingly this appears to endorse accounts challenged by both the CIA and the FBI The FBI would not allow NTSB investigators near the eyewitnesses in the early days of the investigation but much later transferred a mountain of witness statements to the NTSB for examination One member of the NTSB s Witness Group told the Voice the group began examining the statements last fall and hopes to finish sometime in March or April after which he said the NTSB will put the accounts into its TWA 800 public docket and post them on its Web site This senior accident investigator said he hopes the group will take a crack at explaining what the witnesses saw and does not expect to be constrained by the CIA s analysis If once it s explained it doesn t make sense I have no problem going on the record and saying so the investigator said If eyewitnesses really did just imagine they saw a missile that leaves the NTSB searching for something that could have ignited the vapor above the 50 or so gallons of fuel in the huge center tank Yet the safety board stated last year that it may never find the ignition source That is not surprising considering the odds it faces After all its 30 million investigation was unable to find a single flaw in any of the recovered aircraft components that could have allowed a spark into the tank That in turn is no surprise to the man whose familiarity with 747s is second to none When we designed the airplane we did every damn thing we could to make a fuel tank explosion not happen said Joe Sutter the retired Boeing chief engineer who more than 30 years ago led the 747 design team Sutter told the Voice There ve been thousands of 747s sitting on the ramp cooking in violent heat for hours due to delays and they ve taken off with hot empty tanks hundreds of thousands of times so if it happened this way that was a real freak accident Boeing has built 1200 747s The Flight 800 disaster was truly a freak occurence As noted in Insight Magazine February 8 it is one of two unexplained center tank explosions The other was a new Philippine Air Lines 737 that exploded before takeoff in Manila in 1990 and although a cause for that explosion has never been found it is known that the airplane had been modified by the owners since it left the factory To show it has indeed found the cause of the crash the NTSB has identified a breakup sequence that it says led in two or three seconds from the center tank explosion to disintegration of the aircraft specifically when the nose and first class section fell off But although

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  • Swissair Flight Just Missed By UFO or Missile off NY In 1997
    again how far above the plane it was It was right over us right above opposite direction and and I don t know two three four hundred feet above All that I can tell 127 is that we saw a light object it was white and very fast Investigators interviewed the captain and first officer on Aug 10 1997 The flight engineer hadn t seen the object and was not interviewed The report filed under NYC97SA193 said the flight was opposite John F Kennedy Airport at 5 07 p m Eastern Time near the area where TWA Flight 800 went down July 17 1996 The transportation safety board report said the Swissair captain saw the cylindrical object for less than a second He did not see any wings and was not sure it was an aircraft He had never been so close to other traffic before said the report It passed over the cockpit slightly right of centerline If it had been any lower it would have hit the aircraft As the object passed by there was no noise no wake turbulence and no disruption or anomalies with any of the flight or engine instruments The plane was flying in clear weather to Boston from Philadelphia at the time The sun was at the pilot s back He apparently did not have time to take evasive action There was no exhaust or smoke no fire and he could not accurately discern its size The captain reported his total time as 15 000 plus flight hours He had never seen a missile in flight The first officer whose flight time totaled 7 500 hours said he was bent over to adjust the volume on his headset when he looked up and saw the object pass overhead very quickly It was close

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  • Flight 800:
    the Atlanta Olympics The retired Navy commander said he followed the FL800 investigation in the media initially because it was so unusual for something like this to happen to a Boeing 747 without an obvious external cause Because the National Transportation Safety Bureau NTSB plays a vital role in assuring the safety of the commercial airline industry Donaldson said he was confident the NTSB would quickly discover the cause However a year later he said he read a letter in the Wall Street Journal from NTSB Chairman James Hall suggesting that TWA FL800 exploded due to some undiscovered mechanical failure rather than some external cause such as a bomb or missile The NTSB with assistance from the Central Intelligence Agency CIA came up with its mechanical malfunction theory he noted despite the known safety properties of modern Jet Fuel and the fact that there were hundreds of eyewitnesses who saw something streaking up from the surface which ended in the explosion of TWA FL800 In the report Donaldson wrote As a Naval aviator and crash investigator I was very familiar with anti aircraft missiles as well as the properties of Jet A Fuel and did not believe it possible that the fuel would explode spontaneously In fact he added the fuel which is very similar to regular kerosene will not easily light with a match unless the fuel is misted in the atmosphere or aerated by a fuel injector After consulting the Aviation Fuels Handbook and conducting simple experiments with Jet A Fuel Donaldson said I became convinced the Center Wing Tank did not explode without some external cause He said he contacted Hall with his concerns but was immediately rebuffed That reaction along with the fact that the NTSB refused to allow any eyewitness testimony at an official FL800

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  • Flight 800:
    Partin USAF Ret who designed the Continuous Rod Warhead for the BOMARC anti aircraft missile They are suggesting that FL800 carrying 235 passengers and crew members was destroyed by two high powered anti aircraft warheads one fired from near the Moriches Inlet and the other from an unidentified ship about 17 nautical miles off shore Like most Americans said Donaldson I was concerned when TWA Flight 800 mysteriously exploded and initially followed the investigation in the media because it was so unusual for something like this to happen to a Boeing 747 without an obvious external cause In the report Donaldson charges that the NTSB has used propaganda to convince the media and public that a Boeing 747 containing Jet A fuel could explode despite the fact that Jet A fuel is non flammable kerosene that the tank was actually devoid of fuel in the first place and that not one single piece of center wing shrapnel has been located in Flight 800 baggage containers water tanks or anywhere forward of the Center Wing Tank The commercial Boeing 747 aircraft began its career in the seventies Since that time there has never been an in flight explosion in any Boeing built airliner of Jet A kerosene fuel vapor air mixture in any tank caused by mechanical failure wrote Donaldson Yet in congressional testimony and statements to the media the NTSB cited the loss of an Air Force 707 and 3 KC135 air to air tanker aircraft to fuel tank explosions as examples of mishaps similar to TWA FL800 wrote Donaldson who was a flight instructor and Air Wing Safety Officer in charge of crash investigation for mishaps ashore and afloat Officials at the Air Force s safety center out West stated there is no record of a 707 loss and all three KC135s were fueled with JP4 a fuel as volatile as automobile gasoline FL800 had Jet A fuel which is similar to regular kerosene and will not easily light with a match unless the fuel is misted in the atmosphere or aerated by a fuel injector according to Donaldson s report Even after admitting publicly that it knows little about the flammable properties of Jet A fuel the NTSB told the media that a CWT explosion had caused the Philippines Air 737 crashed in 1990 Donaldson however noted that video and still photography taken after the Philippines Air 737 fire was extinguished show the Center Wing Tank did not explode The plane s undercarriage wheels and center wing box tank were structurally sound enough to carry the load of engines and fuel under tractor tow he noted Had the Center Wing Tank actually exploded in the manner the NTSB leadership suggests the aircraft would have dropped on the ramp The latest data shows Jet A fuel to be safer than previously described in the Aviation Fuels Handbook In other words the inference that Jet A fuel posed some heretofore unknown risk factor has proven to be totally false Donaldson

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  • Flight 800:
    Information on the physical breakup sequence of the plane the way the plane was scattered throughout the Debris Field shrapnel evidence found in the passengers and the final recordings taken from the Flight Recorder Black Box all prove the plane was destroyed by at least one missile blast said Donaldson The most important portion to the puzzle he said is that so many eyewitnesses have explained the same or similar descriptions of the incident In the report Donaldson notes If one assumes that a reliable witness can report an observation correctly in only one out of five observations then there is only a 20 probability that an event reported by such a witness would have actually taken place as described With 40 such independent and similarly reliable witnesses the probability rises to 99 99 that the event reported did indeed take place According to Donaldson More than 150 credible witnesses including several scientists and business executives have told the FBI and military experts they saw a missile destroy TWA Flight 800 Most of the descriptions of the incident coincide with the following Witnesses reported seeing a man piloting a dark 25 foot to 35 foot cigarette type round hull speed boat that came into the Moriches Inlet from the Great South Bay and idled for a time Just prior to the FL800 explosion the boat then sped off in a southeast direction Some 20 minutes later said Donaldson witnesses for more than 20 miles described seeing a missile going up just before the plane exploded in the air Donaldson hypothesized that the speed boat traveled about seven nautical miles into the Atlantic Ocean and waited for FL800 to get closer As the plane approached the boat s location Donaldson suggested that he fired the heat seeking missile at the nose

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  • By Joey Mac Lellan for Suffolk Life NewspapersDecember 17,
    near the tank despite the fact that TWA records show that the tank was empty and that both agencies had information proving that the Jet A Fuel like kerosene will not easily light with a match unless the fuel is misted in the atmosphere or aerated by a fuel injector Yet Tom McSweeney director of Aircraft Certification Service for the FAA stated on national television What we have said to the NTSB in not adopting its immediate recommendation is that we believe there is a technical debate that needs to take place Donaldson offers numerous pages of technical information and eyewitness accounts suggesting a cover up of some kind in his 124 page Interim Report on the Crash of TWA Flight 800 and the Actions of the NTSB and the FBI One such entry in the report states that Sikorsky aircraft a manufacturer of helicopters for the military in Stratford Connecticut indicated that Sikorskys radar at its airport picked up an air to air missile The radar was on tape and was turned over to the FBI The report further states former Assistant FBI Director James Kallstrom said We do have information that there was something in the sky A number of people have described it similarly It was ascending The official NTSB and FBI position however is there is no evidence of a criminal act Kallstrom who retired last December could not be reached for comment Valiquette declined to comment on anything in the report claiming the FBI has not read the report The FBI is also reluctant to comment because of the civil litigation filed by family members of the victims and because the U S Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled hearings because the NTSB complained that FBI acted inappropriately during the investigation According to Donaldson most of the evidence collected by the NTSB and the FBI indicates that the Boeing 747 was destroyed by one or more missiles killing 236 passengers and crew members Government officials broke investigation protocol from the beginning said Donaldson The Coast Guard rescue log shows a request for assistance was made to Weeks Marine one of the largest salvage operations on the East Coast within an hour of the crash One of Weeks large salvage barges with one of the largest revolving salvage cranes in the western hemisphere happened to be in transit near Long Island at the time said Donaldson The barge was capable of supporting 50 hard hat divers with multiple cranes precision grid positioning equipment as well as precision anchoring system and had a huge storage capacity for debris Donaldsons report states Phone calls between Weeks Marine executives and FAA officials in Washington the night of the crash led Weeks Marine to believe the FAA was extremely anxious to recover the tail of the aircraft in order to get the flight recorders By dawn the morning after the crash the salvage crane was ready to begin work but the company was advised to stand down A state of the

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  • Flight 800:
    procedures A Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing is expected to be held early next year on the matter sources indicated Jill Kozeny press secretary to Grassley confirmed that one avenue senate investigators are focusing on involves charges that the FBI may have allegedly rushed to judgment initially leaning toward and then pursuing terrorism and conspiracy theories such as a missile or bomb rather than following the evidence that ultimately led to one conclusion that the crash was due to mechanical failure Other allegations of misconduct ranging from poor documentation not following procedure and improper training have also surfaced FBI officials who were contacted by Suffolk Life expressed confidence that the Senate inquiry would show they made every effort to conduct a thorough investigation of the crash which killed all 235 passengers Assistant Director Louis Schiliro of the FBI¹s New York office said While the FBI is not on the defensive we will not comment on the Judiciary hearing because it has not begun However Schiliro went on to say We are confident a complete review of our conduct in regard to Flight 800 will show no stone was left unturned Schilito praised FBI employees for their handling of the situation saying The FBI is proud of the people who conducted that investigation because of their hard work and dedication Within hours of the crash the FBI flooded Long Island with about 400 agents Over the course of the investigation the FBI said it conducted some 7 000 interviews followed up on about 3 000 leads and took 2 000 chemical swabs from the wreck James Margolin a spokesman from the public relations department of the New York division of the FBI maintained that the FBI conducted a thorough investigation From the evidence found the FBI determined that there was no criminal

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  • Flight 800:
    near Flight 800 when it exploded ARAP is currently looking for anyone who may know the location of a 30 to 40 foot high powered racing boat Donaldson said Witnesses observed this boat passing through the Moriches Inlet and racing out to sea Donaldson said This should not be overlooked as the FBI has done We believe the people have the right to know the truth The organization consists of former military civilian and aviation professionals who organized to independently investigate the TWA crash Many of ARAPs members are military and civilian aviators and crash investigators Donaldson said The senior military aviator is Tom Moorer a retired admiral veteran of Pearl Harbor and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff during the Vietnam War The senior civilian aviation investigator is Captain Howard Mann a Long Island native with 40 years of experience as a TWA engineer Mann was instrumental Donaldson said in finding the cause of TWAs fatal plane crashes in 1956 and in 1967 Donaldson investigated his first airplane crash in 1977 and after his analysis Donaldson said it resulted from an accidental air to air missile attack of a Navy A4 He is a graduate of crash analysis

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