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  • FT9-9-99
    2 30 am local time on Monday about five miles from the Karachi airport According to the complaint Lufthansa officials speculated that it could have been a missile explosion Just before the blast the Karachi air traffic control directed the aircraft to turn right As the aircraft turned and crossed an altitude of 3 000 feet the pilots saw the bright flash near the aircraft on their left side India

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  • ntsb9-10-99
    Paris France from John F Kennedy International Airport All 230 people on board perished The investigation into this accident is ongoing The 96 foot reconstruction of the accident aircraft including the center wing fuel tank has been strengthened placed on wheels and will be rolled a distance of about 1 2 mile to the new hangar This event will be open for media coverage Reporters photographers and TV crews seeking

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  • aw9-6-99
    a group called The Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization which recently analyzed radar data that the NTSB said it released in April 1998 The group is part of a loose coalition challenging the explanation that TWA 800 was downed by a fuel tank explosion Coalition members offer a variety of conflicting theories for Flight 800 s loss including a missile attack by the U S Navy or terrorists The information about the unidentified aircraft comes as an NTSB led team is completing nearly a year s analysis of hundreds of FBI accounts of eyewitness statements about TWA 800 s crash AW ST May 17 p 58 The radar data puts the unidentified high speed aircraft on a northwest heading at an undetermined altitude with Flight 800 due north of it at about the 2 o clock position and a distance of about 20 naut Mi at the moment the 747 exploded Officials working on the analysis of the eyewitness accounts said they knew nothing of the unidentified aircraft NTSB officials said they have no idea what the aircraft was They said they initially examined radar data for evidence of a midair collision with TWA 800 and to identify civilian aircraft whose crews and passengers might have seen the 747 For information on military and sensitive government aircraft they said they relied on the FBI which conducted a simultaneous criminal probe of Flight 800 s crash Then Assistant FBI Director James K Kallstrom who headed the criminal probe called it one of the most comprehensive and exhaustive in the FBI s history As part of that probe said Kallstrom who has since retired FBI agents accounted for the activities of all military aircraft in the area He suspended the probe saying no evidence had been found that a criminal act led

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  • traficant9-13-99
    Traficant who was acquitted of taking bribes from mobsters before being elected refused to take the test and Mahoning County Auditor George Tablack said he would consider it Asked if he thinks Traficant has some tie to organized crime Hagan said I don t know if there is one now but I m suspicious of the congressman s actions in the past Traficant was elected to Congress in 1985 after

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  • nyt7-19-96
    Change the organization that claimed responsibility for blowing up US military personnel in Saudi Arabia last November Late this morning we got a copy of a letter in Arabic that we then had translated and got it to the FBI said a State Department spokesman It s a statement that seems aimed at the Saudi regime or the American presence in Saudi Arabia Officials said they were reviewing a telephone

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  • reuters9-14-99
    have come off of some of that wiring that could have caused the accident itself Hall said NTSB investigators have long suspected that fumes in the plane s center fuel tank were ignited by some sort of electrical fault Hall was speaking from Calverton Long Island where the reconstructed wreckage of TWA 800 was being moved to a smaller hangar Tuesday On Monday USA Today reported that the private laboratory

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  • sun9-19-99
    he read a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by NTSB Chairman James Hall that discounted the missile theory and pointed to a spontaneous explosion in the center wing tank I knew the fuel couldn t do what he said it did said Donaldson Since then Donaldson has created the Associated Retired Aviation Professionals to look into the crash peppered government officials with questions prodded lawmakers to mount a new investigation and crafted his own fuel experiments It s impossible for the plane s fuel to create an explosion Donaldson says noting that it is difficult to light and would have quickly burned out in the tank because of a lack of oxygen In millions of takeoffs he said the accident described by investigators has never happened He s simply wrong said a top NTSB official who asked that he not be named The official said a similar explosion took place aboard a Philippine Air Lines Boeing 737 and killed eight people on May 11 1990 at Manila International Airport Despite investigators findings that a faulty switch and damaged wires probably ignited the fuel air mixture in the tank Donaldson sticks to his theory that a terrorist not a fuel tank mishap brought down the aircraft One of the eyewitnesses saw an arcing light resembling a military tracer round at almost precisely the location of a speedboat captured by airport radar at about three miles from the crash scene and traveling at 30 knots Donaldson says this corresponds with a Cigarette boat that two fishermen saw leaving Long Island s Moriches Inlet about 20 minutes before the plane exploded The fishermen noticed the boat s operator idle peer around and then race out into Long Island Sound They reported what they saw to the FBI Donaldson says The terrorist attack theorists point out that President Clinton signed into law tough sanctions against Iran months before the TWA 800 explosion Representatives of nine terrorist organizations were called to Tehran during the first week of June That month the U S Air Force s Khobar Towers barracks in Saudi Arabia were attacked with a truck bomb that killed 19 airmen Three weeks later TWA 800 exploded over Long Island an act Donaldson calls one in a long series of murderous attacks on U S interests fomented by the Iranian revolution Shortly after the accident The Times of London carried a story that named an Iranian sponsored terrorist group as responsible quoting senior Iranian officials who took credit for the crash Donaldson goes on to charge that the FBI embarked on a covert search for Stinger missile parts pointing to a Bureau search manual inadvertently left on a boat that contained diagrams of Stinger tubes and batteries He also claims that the FBI chose to conceal from investigators and Congress evidence of shoulder fired missile components discovered by the scallop boat Alpha Omega Kallstrom said he was unaware that the scallop boat crew supposedly found missile parts but acknowledged that the FBI was searching

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  • reuters9-20-99
    wires is exposed to salt water or waste water from an airplane s galley or restrooms For his part NTSB chairman Hall refused to confirm those results during his NBC News interview deferring any comment until the safety board s final report is released That report is expected early next year U S panel told all aircraft wiring ages cracks By Tim Dobbyn WASHINGTON Sept 15 Reuters All aircraft wiring ages and it is not uncommon to find five to 10 insulation cracks per 1 000 feet of wire in active aircraft a congressional subcommittee heard Wednesday Armin Bruning an engineer who heads a company that has done testing for the National Transportation Safety Board said the plastics insulating wire all aged leading to problems ranging from minor troubles with instruments to fires and sometimes deaths Wiring is becoming one of aviation s hottest safety topics with a suspected role in two high profile crashes in the last four years There has also been increased research into the problem A Federal Aviation Administration official told a hearing of the House Transportation subcommittee that the so called aging aircraft fleet would soon include heavily electronics reliant aircraft of the 1980s such as the Boeing 757 and 767 and the Airbus A 300 The FAA and indeed the entire aviation industry are only now beginning to have a greater appreciation and understanding about the need to examine nonstructural aspects of our aircraft FAA Associate Administrator Tom McSweeny said Bruning president of Lectromechanical Design Co a Dulles Virginia concern that has worked with the U S Navy said humidity high temperatures and strain all contributed to wire aging Although not all insulation breaks lead to sparks or accidents it is best to minimize the problem he said TWA SWISSAIR CRASHES NTSB aviation safety

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