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  • ap7-14
    ignition source still has not been made Jim Hall chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board said in an interview with The Associated Press Bernard Loeb the panel s head of aviation safety said investigators have already examined the possibility of a static electricity buildup stray current from nearby fuel pumps and electrical shorts in the tank s fuel quantity indicating system The final phase of their work is now focusing on possible electro magnetic emissions Investigators have studied external sources such as radar emitting military planes and ships They have also looked at carry on items such as laptop computers and other personal electronics Now they are testing electronics built into the plane itself We don t favor any particular ways of getting ignition but we know there are a number of them and the FAA has addressed some of them Loeb said I m still hopeful that we will be able to have our final board meeting and final report by the end of the year the chairman said as he sat in his office with binders about the crash nearby He said if there are delays the meeting will occur by early winter While some have speculated

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  • ap7-15
    pumps and electrical shorts in the tank s fuel gauge system The final phase of their work is now focusing on possible electromagnetic induction which occurs when electricity from an active source or wire causes a trace of activity in a nearby inactive wire Investigators have studied external sources such as radar emitting military planes and ships They have also looked at carryon items such as laptop computers and other personal electronics Now they are testing electronics built into the plane itself although they have not ruled out any of the earlier possibilities We don t favor any particular ways of getting ignition but we know there are a number of them and the FAA has addressed some of them Loeb said In directives issued since the crash the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered a series of safety changes on a variety of airplanes They include new wiring checks on older aircraft the installation of extra wire insulation and a prohibition on draining the center fuel tanks in 747s a practice that can cause overheating in fuel pump bearings Both Hall and Loeb indicated the five member safety board likely would recommend further safety precautions when it holds its final meeting about the crash I m still hopeful that we will be able to have our final board meeting and final report by the end of the year the chairman said as he sat in his office with binders about the crash nearby He said if there were delays the meeting would occur by early winter The Paris bound flight exploded in a clear evening sky shortly after takeoff from New York s Kennedy International Airport The wreckage fell 13 000 feet into the waters off Long Island There were no survivors Over the following weeks the Navy FBI and

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  • firo7-15
    James Sanders is the author of the book The Downing of TWA Flight 800 He and his wife were convicted of conspiracy in connection with the removal of a small piece of seat material from the Calverton Long Island hangar where the wreckage was stored and examined New independent analysis of radar data from the crash will be released which contradicts the crucial mechanical malfunction theory hypothesis that Flight 800 climbed FIRO includes in its 44 members substantial professional technical aeronautical engineering radar and scientific expertise Most members have been actively involved in investigating the crash of TWA Flight 800 for over two years In May they presented written testimony at the House Aviation Subcommittee NTSB Reauthorization Hearing SEE TESTIMONY at http www geocities com CapitolHill Congress 2639 sub rep htm Tom Stalcup chairman of FIRO will present information supporting the contention that the FBI selectively prosecuted the Sanders ignoring similar well documented actions by FBI agents The Sanders prosecution is consistent with FBI efforts to suppress evidence of an external explosion as the cause of the crash Indeed an FBI letter dated two days prior to the Sanderses being charged effectively banned from the only public hearing on the

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  • firo7-14
    the three year anniversary of the still unsolved tragedy FIRO includes in its 44 members substantial professional technical aeronautical engineering radar and scientific expertise Most members have been actively involved in investigating the crash of TWA Flight 800 for over two years In May they presented written testimony at the House Aviation Subcommittee NTSB Reauthorization Hearing SEE TESTIMONY at http www geocities com CapitolHill Congress 2639 sub rep htm At the press conference Tom Stalcup chairman of FIRO will release a brand new analysis of the FAA radar data which contradicts the official theory that Flight 800 climbed after initial distress This analysis clearly shows that the airliner s movement was radically different from the movements depicted in an animation produced by the CIA and declared to be the official version of what happened Although FIRO s analysis has not yet determined what caused these movements it can now be safely stated that the CIA animation blatantly conflicts with the raw radar evidence and the eyewitness evidence it claimed to portray Mr Stalcup will also present information supporting the contention that the FBI selectively prosecuted the Sanders ignoring similar well documented actions by FBI agents The Sanders prosecution is consistent

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  • Reuters7-15-99
    coast in flaming pieces on the evening of July 17 1996 shortly after taking off from New York Everyone aboard the Boeing NYSE BA news 747 was killed Within months of the tragedy the NTSB embraced the theory that fuel vapors in Flight 800 s center tank had exploded The FBI after pursuing theories of a bomb or a missile later agreed with the theory that a fuel tank explosion downed the plane Hall said he hoped the families of the accident victims and the traveling public could take comfort in the amount of safety information obtained during the investigation Richard Penzer of Lawrence New York whose sister Judy died in the crash said the NTSB officials had done their best I think they just don t know he said The probe has led the Federal Aviation Administration and the aviation industry to review thoroughly fuel tank pumps and wiring for possible ignition sources Since the crash the FAA has issued more than a dozen groups of airworthiness directives that require carriers and manufacturers to make fuel tank improvements or face fines or other enforcement action But not heeded so far have been the NTSB s suggestions for reducing the risk of an explosion even if a spark does get into the tank Discovering that the vapor above the fuel in a tank remains flammable much longer during a typical flight than previously believed the NTSB s recommended remedies have included reducing the flammability of the vapor through cooling or altering fuel specifications An FAA industry advisory group concluded a year ago that none of the methods was cost effective Hall conceded that fuel air explosions in planes were very rare events but they had occurred and could happen again The recommendations remained on NTSB s Most Wanted list of

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  • AP7-17-99
    request for 5 million in assistance and the airline s denial In another letter from 1998 the airline stated that neither it nor its insurer owned the wreckage In reply Brown acknowledged the airline did receive a request for recovery money but the other letter produced by Hall did not expressly ask the airline to take back the wreckage Brown said airlines have refused such requests in the past yet there is precedent for both help and refusal Brown also said the airline has no claim to the wreckage because it fell in the ocean where ownership often reverts to the person making the recovery If they want us to take it back it s something we would consider he said TWA Flight 800 was a New York to Paris trip that exploded shortly after takeoff on July 17 1996 All 230 aboard were killed The wreckage fell into the Atlantic Ocean about 10 miles off Long Island where it was recovered by the Coast Guard and Navy Investigators still have not determined the cause but they believe there was a fuel air explosion in the plane s empty center fuel tank They are searching for the ignition source and expect to make a final determination this fall or winter Families of the victims planned to observe the third anniversary of the crash today with a memorial service and monument dedication Tension between the NTSB the lead investigator and TWA began building immediately after the crash because the airline had difficulty coming up with a passenger list Later airline officials complained privately that the safety board was leaking embarrassing information to the media Tempers flared again in February 1997 when the airline refused to give the victims families reduced airfares to travel to New York for their first look at

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  • irvine7-16
    of trouble to try to muzzle him So I frankly don t believe your explanations at all Kallstrom denied that he had been under pressure from on high to cover up the truth Asked to explain who the Sanders were he said They were a couple who were part of getting some material from the crime scene some seat fabric that they claimed contained rocket fuel and were part of a conspiracy to remove that from the hangar The reason they were prosecuted was that they violated the law You just can t have people in potential crime scenes that are doing that and that s the reality Otherwise no one will get justice and things won t be fair for anybody The fact that Sanders tried to advance the investigation not hinder it was recognized by a viewer who sent this e mail Why is independent study of materials against the law One would think the federal government would be thankful for independent studies corroborating your findings Kallstrom spurned that notion saying You can t have independent studies covertly from the investigation Obviously we wanted to know what was on the fabric also We re the ones that analyzed that material and found it to be the adhesive that kept the seats together The agent who did the analysis has denied this But you just think about this Your daughter is kidnaped and independent people for whatever reason come into your home and start rifling through your daughter s bedroom and maybe do away with some evidence that may help find your daughter You just can t have freelance people doing criminal investigations A caller promptly pointed out that the law used to prosecute Sanders was designed to keep souvenir hunters from removing evidence from crash sites She said

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  • cimisi7-16
    was told they would be brought up as soon as possible Forbes then asked Isn t that the location of the boxes in the tail section He was told that was true Then Forbes asked Do you know where the tail section of the plane is He was told Yes Which agrees with the fact that the Rude had supplied a detailed map of the debris field by then Putting two and two together the fact that the boxes would be brought up as soon as possible and the fact that the tail section had been located Forbes make his announcement which surely he came to regret Elected to Congress in the Republican tide of 1994 Forbes has won re election twice though his last opponent brought up Forbes mistake about the black boxes in the opening slavos of the campaign Surprisingly according to Newsday archives the paper which won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of Flight 800 did not write about the Congressman s blunder the next day but in an article dated the 25th did mention the Forbes mistake as well as what is euphemistically called a mis statement by Governor Pataki regarding some aspect of the recovery operations Another source who claims to have had a private conversation with an NTSB official three days after the crash said he was told by this individual the black boxes had been located Again this is four days before the NTSB says the boxes were recovered and three days before the Navy records the black boxes recovery This source took a lie detector test at which this reporter was present on this and other matters regarding the above conversation the source passed the polygraph The full contents of this conversation will be explored in a future article The abovementioned Newsday article also says the flight data recorders were found on July 24 When queried as to the discrepancy between the Navy records and the NTSB regarding the date of recovery of the black boxes NTSB Public Affairs spokesman Paul Schlamn wondered if the Navy message to the Coast Guard saying the black boxes were recovered PM 23 JUL might not have been a typographical error which was then copied into the Navy Salvage Report The message was sent from the Navy s Command Task Group of the recovery operation to a number of ships also in the operation as well as the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet The Coast Guard Search and Rescue Event Log for July 24 1996 has the 2330 11 30 p m entry Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder located The Coast Guard s Group Moriches Chronological Case Log for the evening of July 24 25 states that the black boxes were delivered to base transfered to Blackhawk At 0225 Blackhawk departed The Navy message makes further mention of the recovery of the boxes RECORDERS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY TURNED OVER TO NTSB IN FRESH WATER BAGS FFT

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