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  • reuters10-7-99
    are among about 216 crash related cases that have been consolidated in Manhattan federal court TWA and Boeing had unsuccessfully argued that the cases should be dismissed and moved to France because it is a more convenient location The defendants said that if their motion had been granted they would have agreed to submit to French law and would not contest liability for compensatory damages However Sweet wrote that U S law favors the plaintiff s choice of location unless private and public interest factors clearly point toward trial in the alternative forum Kreindler said the ruling was important in other pending aviation litigation including cases stemming from last year s Swissair crash off Nova Scotia in which 229 people were killed The plane was on its way to Geneva from New York Kreindler said he believes that defendants in that litigation will also move to have some cases dismissed in the United States in favor of foreign locations where damages would be less In the July 17 1996 TWA crash the jumbo jet exploded off Long Island killing all 230 people on board Safety investigators suspect that an electrical fault ignited fumes in the center fuel tank of the

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  • fracture10-20-99
    Center East Meadow New York On July 1996 a Trans World Airlines TWA Flight 800 747 aircraft crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island with the loss of 230 passengers and crew The airplane was destroyed by explosion and impact forces with the ocean Radiological examinations were performed before postmortem exams Of the 150 films reviewed 149 displayed bilateral rib fractures Ten exams displayed open book type pelvic fractures

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  • wsj11-1-99
    dismay about the three year delay between the crash and the discovery of the report this spring Federal officials said they learned of the report s existence only in March after it was listed on the agenda for an Air Force task force studying the safety implications of the Flight 800 explosion Boeing turned the report over to the NTSB in June The four volume report focuses on whether excess heat from air conditioners in Boeing s E 4B military jet could create highly flammable fuel vapors in the central fuel tank Russ Young spokesman for Boeing Commercial Airplane Group said Saturday that differences between the E 4B and the 747 made the report largely irrelevant to the TWA investigation The E 4B for example has four air conditioning units under the fuselage compared with three in a standard 747 and the air conditioners often run for long periods in the E 4B while it is on the ground Mr Young said The E 4B also burns a different fuel The report was overlooked by employees in the commercial airplane division because it dealt with a military aircraft Mr Young said He said the company s procedures have since been changed to prevent that from happening again In retrospect although the relevance of that report is questionable we wish we had found it earlier and passed it along Mr Young said There didn t seem to be any realization on the military side of the company that the investigation was relevant or potentially relevant The General Accounting Office which conducts congressional probes has been interviewing employees at Boeing and the Air Force and has found no evidence of an intentional coverup Sen Grassley aides said Saturday Sen Grassley is chairman of the subcommittee that oversees airline disaster investigations After being

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  • boeing11-5-99
    to withhold the study Sen Chuck Grassley R Iowa chairman of Judiciary subcommittee on administrative oversight said Thursday Boeing said the report was not given to National Transportation Safety Board investigators probing the 1996 TWA Flight 800 explosion because its civilian airliner division was unaware of the report prepared by the company s military unit That document was not withheld Boeing Chairman and CEO Phil Condit said earlier this week

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  • ap11-8-99
    has settled cases with several families for undisclosed amounts All 230 people aboard the plane were killed in the crash 01 25 PM ET 11 06 99Crash Probers Learned From TWA Crash Crash Probers Learned From TWA Crash By PAT MILTON Associated Press Writer NEWPORT R I AP When EgyptAir Flight 990 plunged into the Atlantic last weekend National Transportation Safety Board Chairman James Hall was on the investigation scene within hours Since then he s been virtually alone in the public spotlight presiding over news briefings and visiting grieving relatives while investigators from the FBI and other agencies play much less visible parts It s in stark contrast to the crash of TWA Flight 800 in July 1996 when the NTSB took a secondary role to the FBI s dogged search for evidence of a crime Within minutes of the explosion of Flight 800 off the coast of New York s Long Island the FBI was on the scene Some 700 FBI agents tracked leads in what became the biggest investigation in the agency s history Although a vice chairman of the 350 employee NTSB was on hand the day after Flight 800 went down Hall was not The biggest lesson needed to be who was in charge of the investigation from Day One said Paul Marcone aide to U S Rep James Traficant senior ranking member of the aviation subcommittee which oversees the NTSB In addition to taking the lead in the investigation the NTSB now counsels grieving relatives and keeps them abreast of the investigation the result of congressional legislation spurred by anguished relatives of Flight 800 victims The NTSB s stance at the head of the investigation has changed the tone of what the public hears about the crash and the investigation The specter of terrorism is not being raised so swiftly or insistently this time although it is being considered because the plane was headed to the Middle East and Egyptian military officers were on board There is also no initial evidence this time suggesting a crime as there was with Flight 800 when dozens of people claimed to have seen a missile like light streaking toward the plane before it exploded The Paris bound TWA Flight 800 fell from 13 700 feet on July 17 1996 shortly after leaving Kennedy International Airport EgyptAir Flight 990 left the same airport and minutes later plunged from 33 000 feet to 16 000 feet then rose to 24 000 feet before falling to the sea No evidence of a crime was ever found in the Flight 800 crash Although the NTSB has not formally declared its cause the crash apparently resulted from a center fuel tank explosion apparently set off by a combination of mechanical problems including damaged wiring Joseph Valiquette a spokesman for the New York FBI office which has led the criminal investigation of both crashes said Flight 800 is considered a textbook case for us on plane crash investigations It broke new ground and

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  • st11-8-99
    to pursue the missile or bomb theory Among the ways Boeing is actively chasing a bomb or missile theory in the TWA crash At the demand of Boeing attorneys chemical and metallurgical tests were conducted Thursday to scrutinize Flight 800 wreckage in search of microscopic remnants of a bomb a missile or shrapnel according to people familiar with the tests In the past few months Boeing has been reviewing FBI interviews with witnesses many of whom claimed that they saw a sliver of light streaking toward the aircraft before it exploded FBI and Central Intelligence Agency analyses discounted the sightings as mistaken For the past year Boeing also has refused in court records to rule out a bomb air to air missile surface to air missile or improvised explosive device in the July 1996 crash in which 230 people died And as part of a legal strategy to defend against a Flight 800 lawsuit Boeing has continued forwarding a theory first posed to the NTSB that a missile exploded outside the 747 and a flaming fragment pierced the fuselage and ignited the center fuel tank What we re doing is analyzing the available information to determine what defenses are appropriate Boeing General Counsel Ted Collins said We haven t reached any conclusions We aren t going to advance a defense that doesn t make any sense We are trying to find out what happened The NTSB has determined that the plane s center fuel tank blew up but has not found what sparked the blast After an exhaustive investigation the FBI two years ago ruled out a missile or a bomb as the ignition source The NTSB does not believe Boeing s test Thursday will change that conclusion Instead faulty wiring in a fuel measuring system remains among the prime suspects Indeed in recent months the FBI has fielded criticism that the time taken to rule out a criminal cause delayed fixing the design flaw the NTSB identified in the crash And for more than a year now federal investigators have repeatedly tamped down bomb and missile suggestions as the work of paranoid conspiracy theorists unwilling to face hard facts Some theories postulate that a Navy missile was at fault and allege a government cover up Steve Pounian a New York attorney representing families suing Boeing over the crash predicted Boeing s aggressive pursuit of a missile theory would eventually backfire You wonder how long they can keep saying that it might have been a missile while they are a major contractor of the government Pounian said I can t believe they are going to say it is a Navy missile How they can say that with a straight face and sell government contracts Boeing s lawyers are unwilling to go as far as to say a bomb or missile is improbable The only cause the company is legally willing to categorize as unlikely at this time is a meteorite Until such time as a cause is determined a missile

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  • wt11-8-99
    33 Egyptian military officers were killed The circumstances of this tragedy remain suspect Samir Ragab wrote in his daily column Saturday in the government owned daily Al Gomhuriya Ragab is editor of the newspaper The U S authorities have announced that the inquiry will last a long time which means the results of the investigation will amount to nothing and will perhaps never be made public Earlier Mubarak and several

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  • ww11-15-99
    the mishap being correct is vanishingly remote And yet the technological dumbbells at the Seattle Times have the temerity to demand that we all bow low to the government s dubious decree That is what one expects of people who are guided by illogical motives of which they seem blissfully unconscious In a recent interview former Navy Commander Bill Donaldson who has investigated the TWA 800 crash for two years on behalf of the Associated Retired Aviation Professionals noted that 26 other transport aircraft worldwide have been shot down by a man portable anti aircraft missile Thus there is nothing the least bit unique in the concept that the TWA flight was intercepted by such a missile It was well within range of some of the more advanced shoulder fired anti aircraft weapons and the eyewitness sightings are consistent with such a missile being fired at the aircraft A Lufthansa cargo jet was fired at with such a weapon in September near Karachi airport in Pakistan But gosh that doesn t jibe with the official version of events Doesn t that mean that Donaldson must be a paranoid conspiracy theorist Bill Donaldson is a retired Navy pilot with more than 24 years of experience in virtually all phases of naval aviation Among his other qualifications Donaldson lists graduation from the Navy s Postgraduate Aviation Safety School in Monterey California where I completed the long course in aviation safety and crash investigation I have served as a safety officer and crash investigator at both the Squadron and Air Wing levels and was qualified as a maintenance check pilot in six models of prop and jet aircraft Also I am a qualified air traffic controller and served for two years as a Carrier Controlled Approach Officer I would be interested to know what the technical qualifications of the editorial staff at the Seattle Times are to address this subject with such implied omniscience If as I suspect they have none I wonder whether they have ever bothered to get the opinions of people with the technical expertise to speak knowledgeably on the subject If not what qualifies them to hurl unsupported puerile insults at people who do have the technical expertise to address the subject Is this something they were instructed to do in the PC playbook The problem with too many journalists today is that they are mal educated indoctrinated opinionated far beyond their ability to comprehend and sorely lacking intellectual integrity Commander Donaldson recently gave interviewer John F McManus his own version of the TWA 800 crash I believe that a shoulder launched missile was fired from a small boat positioned less than three nautical miles to the southeast of the aircraft The missile punched through the underside of the aircraft at a point where the left wing meets the fuselage Its warhead a type that explodes immediately after impact penetrated approximately three additional feet into the six foot deep tank of fuel in that wing The resulting explosion caused

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