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  • reuters-3-21-00
    board The FBI witness documents reviewed by the witness group are poorly suited for purposes of an aircraft accident investigation the investigators concluded The safety board is expected to hold a final hearing on the crash of TWA flight 800 later this year Investigators suspect an electrical fault ignited fuel vapors in the Boeing 747s nearly empty center fuel tank breaking the plane apart and sending it into the sea Nevertheless witness accounts of seeing a streak of light in the sky around the time of the crash have continued to aid conspiracy theories that a missile could have brought down the plane The safety board said that 670 witnesses reported seeing something judged to be related to the accident and of those 258 saw something that fit the definition of a streak of light Most of those streak of light accounts were consistent with the path of the accident plane the witness review group said There were 38 accounts of a streak of light rising straight up or nearly so but these accounts seemed to be inconsistent with the calculated flight path of the plane The safety board said some FBI interviewers had framed their questions in a manner

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  • traficant-3-21-00
    voters back home in eastern Ohio more than a month ago Federal authorities have not said whether Traficant is a target of a corruption investigation in Youngstown Ohio that has produced about 50 convictions including a guilty plea from one of Traficant s longtime aides Traficant has said a grand jury issued subpoenas for his office payroll rent and telephone records In his speech on the House floor the eight term Democrat noted he was acquitted once before when charged with corruption and dared prosecutors to bring it on I plan to fight like a junkyard dog he said Traficant s declaration was less dramatic than the pronouncement he made last month Embroiled in the first serious election challenge of his career Traficant told voters he expects to be indicted then went on to win a four way Democratic primary with 50 percent of the votes He said FBI and Treasury Department investigators were querying unspecified technical issues that he suspects are linked to among other things his criticisms of the Internal Revenue Service and the handling of the 1993 Branch Davidian siege in Waco Texas On Tuesday Traficant offered no theories about the motives of federal investigators but said

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  • stalcup-3-22-00
    from middle or mean of the radar data According to FIRO this not only means that the NTSB failed to follow proper investigative protocol but that the official crash sequence is flawed Federal investigators have not yet responded to requests for explanations of these large discrepancies in their analyses Another seeming disregard for investigative protocol is the Board s tendency to fit data to one scenario rather than considering all possible scenarios NTSB Exhibit 18A The Metallurgy Structures Sequencing Group strove to fit a proposed scenario to all relevant observations in a given area In some cases the Group had to accept that some feature s either could not be explained by the proposed scenario or might even be in conflict with the proposed scenario No where in this report is it mentioned that alternative scenarios were considered that may fit the available evidence The most widely reported contradictory evidence to the official theory are the eyewitnesses The sights and sounds reported by eyewitnesses appear to describe a secondary object in the sky on the night of the crash The reported sounds were so violent that they allegedly caused homes to shake Paul Angelides viewed the disaster from the porch of his summer rental which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean Angelides reported what he originally thought was a flare streak toward the area of the sky where Flight 800 was traveling After this object ended in violent explosions Angelides reported hearing noises that he attributed to this flare Angelides There was a very loud and prolonged boom which reminded me of thunder rolling above the house The noise continued and concluded with a series of two distinctly louder bursts and a final extremely loud burst The sounds shook the house Experts believe that a center wing tank explosion would not have enough energy to shake houses at distances close to ten miles During a February 1997 meeting at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque New Mexico NTSB officials were briefed by an acoustic expert NTSB Exhibit 5A An acoustic expert in the area of explosions who was at the meeting noted that the sound of the explosion as noted in witness accounts is not consistent with an explosion only of the center fuel tank The data he has analyzed indicates that the explosive force as determined by witness accounts is equivalent to about 1 ton of TNT This is many times more than what would be expected in only a center fuel tank explosion But not only are the sounds compelling evidence of a highly explosive event the visual observations by the eyewitnesses seem to indicate that an object other than a plane rose from the surface and caused the loud explosion s NTSB Exhibit 4A Of the 183 who observed a streak of light 102 gave information about the origin of the streak Six said the streak originated from the air and 96 said that it originated from the surface Although there appears to be overwhelming evidence of a secondary object

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  • goddard-3-23-00
    still not to be found at the NTSB s Public Exhibit webpage http ntsb gov events twa800 exhibit htm and 4A probably won t be there when you read this This allows the report to be spun by the media as the end of the missile theory before critics can offer any rebuttals to the report Then by the time the report leaks out and trickles down to the little

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  • newsday-3-30-00
    liability to the plane s owner and manufacturer does not apply The decision noted that President Ronald Reagan in 1988 extended the territorial sea of the United States from three miles to 12 miles offshore Circuit Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor dissented saying the panel seemed to be ignoring case law in an attempt to provide the families with potentially more generous awards Families of the victims are now suing TWA

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  • reuters-3-16-00
    news magazine quoting a Western intelligence source who has been tracking him said in its latest edition the kidney disease had begun to affect bin Laden s liver and associates were trying to obtain a dialysis machine to stabilise his condition The United States has accused bin Laden of leading a terrorist network and masterminding the 1998 bombings of two U S embassies in Africa that killed more than 200

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  • Mann-4-2-00
    of the accident The statements of over 100 eyewitnesses would indicate there were flarelike objects in the sky the night of the accident Is it possible for a shoulder launched missile to reach F800s altitude Richard Bott of Naval Weapons Facility at China Lake testified at the Baltimore hearing on this subject as follows There is no question a missile could have reached TWA 800 the investigation was quickly narrowed to an examination for shoulder launched missiles Bott also testified that in situations where a missile self destructs because it has missed its target you could expect as few as 1 or 2 fragment impacts on a 1000 square foot surface 100 feet from detonation His testimony also included a general description of damage expected in four zones around a missile impact It is interesting to note that Mr Bott specified that distances generally beyond 20 feet from a detonation one could expect to find both high velocity 4000 sec and low velocity impacts With that in mind I Would call attention to what is apparently a low velocity puncture approximately 1 x 1 in the top wing skin at Right Wing Station 1542 The edges of this puncture are curled into the fuel vent surge tank and there is a yellowish orange material on the fracture surfaces Would the energy required to punch a 1 x 1 hole in the top surface of the surge tank be sufficient to ignite a flammable mixture in the Surge Tank Based on information elicited from Dr Merrit Birky at the NTSB Hearing it would be more than enough Would there have been a flammable mixture present in the Vent Surge Tank at the time of the Center Fuel Tank Explosion With the aircraft climbing most of the content of the surge tank would have been vapor expelled from the large nearly empty Center Wing Tank Therefore according to the NTSB it would have been explosive Throughout Mr Bott s testimony and the testimony of Mr Wildie of the NTSB they both stressed there were no entrance holes that allowed penetration through surrounding structure and in to the center tank and thus no source of ignition for the center tank explosion Similarly the FBI held that they found no sign of missile impact that could have caused the center tank to explode Both the FBI and the NTSB knew of the penetration at the right wing surge tank and they should have known the surge tank and the center tank vent would have contained vapors that according to their own experiments were flammable Evidently the reluctance to believe eyewitnesses may have seen a missile caused the investigative group to discount the possibility that the problem with center tank may have originated with the puncture in the surge tank at the right wing tip The puncture represents enough expended energy to ignite vapors in the surge tank which would then burn through the vent passages to the center wing tank igniting vapor in that

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  • oliver-4-2-00
    main wreckage is determining the physical response of the airplane to the loss of the forward fuselage Engineering data indicated that this would result in a pitch up that exchanged speed for altitude Your comment necessarily implies that the aircraft continued to fly after the 747 s nose came off So despite losing some 40 tons from a position ahead of the center of lift in turn necessarily moving the center of gravity to a point behind the center of lift this aircraft miraculously confounded the principles of aerodynamics and somehow continued to maintain longitudinal stability allowing it to perform a stable climb Just so I am clear here you are saying that despite the rapid movement of the center of gravity to a point far behind the center of lift necessarily making the plane violently unstable and incapable of maintaining any semblance of controlled flight you are actually sticking to the story of continued flight nose first Sir you are being absurd As a professional pilot having flown for over 23 years with nearly 13 000 hours of flight time in over 50 types of aircraft I have a question for you Excepting the gullible media and laymen who

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