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  • FFsynopsis
    it is perhaps inappropriate to find anything amusing but this document really does have some moments of comedy Bob Young of TWA and Dennis Rodrigues of Boeing politely ridicule and in my opinion convincingly discredit the CIA analysis and video scenario Their exchanges with the anonymous CIA Analyst 1 are reminiscent of Lt Colombo ensnaring a particularly oleaginous villain I particularly enjoyed where the spook boasts about their sophisticated software

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  • newsmax-7-10-00
    eyewitnesses said they saw something streaking toward the ill fated airliner just seconds before the fireball erupted Sanders himself was prosecuted last year for receiving seat fabric from the reconstructed plane from a TWA employee which he promptly had analyzed by a California lab The result The red streaks on the fabric were found to be consistent with rocket fuel residue When the government claimed the residue was glue the mainstream press looked the other way denying Sanders the vindication that would have rendered any prosecution moot Both Sanders and his wife Elizabeth were found guilty of conspiracy by a New York court last April They are currently appealing their convictions But after Sanders goes public with his new TWA 800 evidence next week government officials may find they have a lot of explaining to do For four years the FBI and NTSB have maintained there was no compelling physical evidence that showed the plane was hit by a missile arguing instead that TWA 800 went down after the center fuel tank exploded But Sanders told NewsMax com late Monday I now have photos showing investigators in the process of bending the metal down so that they could say the

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  • reuters-7-13-00
    it to want to keep pushing it he told reporters TWA Flight 800 fell to the sea in flames shortly after take off from New York bound for Paris on July 17 1996 All 230 people on board were killed in the tragedy traced by investigators to the explosion of the Boeing 747s centre fuel tank though the precise ignition source remains elusive The National Transportation Safety Board ruling out a bomb or a missile as the cause has encouraged the FAA and the aviation industry to do more to eliminate ignition sources and find ways to reduce the flammability of fuel tanks Fuel tank explosions are rare and only a 1990 blast in the Philippines involving a Boeing 737 on the ground is thought to have a direct resemblance to the TWA 800 accident Nevertheless since the crash the FAA has issued 37 airworthiness directives that mandate action on items ranging from fuel tank inspections to modifications of pumps and wiring related to the tanks A final meeting of the safety board on the crash is due to take place in late August A review of the post crash research and lessons learned is expected to conclude without a definitive answer to what touched off the blast It s the most intensely investigated accident in aviation history FAA aircraft certification director Beth Erickson said We all know there was a fuel tank explosion but the ignition source for that explosion remains unknown In other developments McSweeny and Erickson said work was advancing more quickly than expected on better circuit breakers for planes that would trip sooner much like a safety power outlets in many bathrooms today FAA also plans to issue advice to airlines to use cool air supplied at the terminal rather than on board air conditioning when

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  • newsday-7-16-00
    in which components inside the fuel tank can fail because of aging or contamination and cause an explosion In the case of a crash once considered to be the result of a criminal act the scenarios laid out by the NTSB may not satisfy the public But that shouldn t matter some aviation experts say It satisfies me said C O Miller a former director of aviation safety for the NTSB The exact cause of an accident he said is less important than determining a list of potential causes That way all the dangers can be eliminated not just the one that caused one particular crash The important thing is that you identify the hazards Miller said The safety board has already issued 10 safety recommendations to the FAA based on the investigation and the FAA is moving forward on many of them Next month the agency will conduct flight tests in a Boeing 737 to determine the effectiveness of pumping nitrogen into the tank to prevent explosive vapors from building up Erickson said the FAA could be ready to issue new rules next year to eventually require nitrogen in fuel tanks which would be a major change for the industry The NTSB s final report is expected to contain more safety recommendations stemming from the Flight 800 investigation And while the FAA does not have to follow the recommendations it is in forums such as this a final board meeting that the NTSB is able to put additional public pressure on regulators The report will not be short on details Expected to be several hundred pages long it will contain descriptions of an experiment in a full scale 747 to detect electromagnetic interference in electrical components as well as an experiment that involved shooting missiles off the coast of Florida to document what witnesses might see From a painstaking metallurgical study of the wreckage that sits in a Calverton hangar investigators even know the exact place where the fuselage of the giant plane first began to split from the force of the explosion triggering a series of tears that caused the plane to break apart in midair killing 230 people The report will contain details on an experiment conducted last year at Wright Patterson Air Force Base showing that if damaged wiring outside the fuel tank caused a high voltage to enter a fuel measuring system inside the tank a film of copper sulfur deposits which can build up on fuel tank components over time can sustain enough energy to spark an explosion The NTSB is also expected to bring up concerns about the way aircraft makers analyze potential failures as now required for FAA certification The analysis sometimes called a fault tree analysis is a numerical calculation of potential failures on the aircraft It is designed to ensure that if any single failure is capable of bringing down the plane the chances of it occurring are no more than one in a billion flight hours The safety board

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  • abcnews-7-16-00
    to a CIA analysis for a way to explain what the witnesses had seen CIA Challenges Theory The CIA at the FBI s request produced an analysis concluding it was improbable eyewitnesses saw a missile strike the plane The CIA argued that witnesses who described seeing a streak of light leading to an explosion instead probably saw the aircraft already on fire suddenly climbing 3 000 feet from an altitude of 13 800 after the plane s nose broke off The sudden weight loss propelled the rest of burning plane abruptly upward trailing flames The streak that 98 eyewitnesses said they saw originate from the Earth actually started high in the air the CIA said The CIA briefed the FBI on its final analysis in October 1997 and the FBI at a press conference the following month released a video produced by the CIA to explain its theory titled TWA Flight 800 What Did the Witnesses See Parts of the video were broadcast widely on network TV news Doubts About CIA Analysis But some critics charged the CIA analysis an unusual endeavor for a commercial air disaster investigation seemed curiously non comprehensive The analysis for instance did not take into account all of the eyewitness testimony It was produced as the FBI gradually fed the CIA just 244 of the 755 eyewitness accounts a CIA official later acknowledged Also CIA officials told an NTSB panel their theory about the crash was largely supported by the testimony of a single eyewitness to the crash whose account appeared at odds with many others but whom analysts had determined was highly reliable Moreover that key witness s testimony at first didn t fully support the CIA s theory a CIA analyst told the panel The witness at first told the FBI that the streak of light originated from the Earth Only when interviewed for a third time did the eyewitness give the FBI an account that better matched the CIA theory based on radar satellite physical and other evidence that the light had originated high in the sky The CIA s theory drew some skepticism from the NTSB panel called the Witness Group during the briefing My concern is that when all 755 statements are made available to the public you and the public will see numerous statements that appear to be excellent witnesses that don t agree with the CIA s key witness said Jim Walters with the Air Line Pilots Association according to an NTSB transcript of the briefing The CIA analyst responded that those witnesses who saw something ascend steeply and lead to an explosion that then split and fell to Earth were probably mistaken W e are confident that even though they thought what they saw was something originating perhaps off the ocean s surface streaking up and hitting the plane that in fact what they really saw was a fire trail in the sky which culminated in the breakup of the plane he said The CIA had all

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  • msnbc-7-17-00
    Board NTSB has ruled out a missile or a bomb as the cause of the crash attributing it to an explosion of fuel fumes in the Boeing 747 s center fuel tank The exact cause of the blast has not been located but investigators have focused on a possible electrical fault The safety board has said it has found no intrusion damage or explosives residue consistent with a missile or a bomb But the group which filed the suit in Springfield Mass District Court insists that the disaster was caused by one or several heat seeking missiles and have accused the government of hiding or altering data to fit its conclusion NTSB REJECTED THEORY Dozens of the 755 witnesses interviewed by the FBI shortly after the crash reported seeing a streak of light rising from the ground or the ocean and heading toward the plane The center wing tank theory will never explain an object rising from the surface said Tom Stalcup chairman of the Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization The NTSB said in March that the eyewitness accounts were of little use as the questions had been framed by FBI investigators with a missile theory in mind More than a year after the accident the FBI officially abandoned the theory that a bomb or a missile was involved A final hearing on the crash is scheduled for Aug 22 23 MEMORIAL TO CRASH VICTIMS The suit comes one day after families and friends of the victims of TWA 800 broke ground for a new memorial on the Long Island shore not far from where the plane went down four years ago For the family members it was an extremely emotional time this is something they have wanted for a long time FRANK LOMBARDI Project spokesman About 50 families from

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  • ap-7-18-00
    might have been a missile Investigators of the wreckage have found no evidence that a missile struck the plane National Transportation and Safety Board spokesman Paul Schlamm told The Associated Press The board expected to pronounce its findings next month has focused on mechanical malfunction in the Boeing 747 s center fuel tanks as the cause of the explosion that brought it down All 230 people on board were killed in the July 17 1996 crash Dwight Brumley who watched as a passenger on another flight 5 000 feet above Flight 800 said he told his story to the FBI but felt it wasn t taken seriously I could not positively say that what I saw was a missile What I saw was a very bright flame of light moving parallel to my aircraft Brumley said at a news conference Tom Stalcup chairman of a group called the Flight 800 Independent Researchers said 260 eyewitnesses told the FBI that they saw a light in the sky before the crash Of them 96 said they saw it originate from the surface Federal investigators recently test fired missiles under similar conditions in Pensacola Fla to determine just what witnesses might have been

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  • afp-7-18-00
    broke the law They refused to release information said FIRO chairman Tom Stalcup Monday at the end of a news conference here which coincided with the fourth anniversary of the air disaster The TWA Boeing 747 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Long Island 12 minutes after take off from New York s John F Kennedy Airport on July 17 1996 All 230 people aboard the Paris bound flight died Marking the fourth anniversary of the tragedy at a religious ceremony close to the Atlantic crash site families of victims gathered Monday at the place where a 1 5 million dollar memorial is to be built Four years later the pain is strong John Seaman who lost a niece in the disaster told a local television station A day earlier friends and family of the victims brought shovels to the beach to install the cornerstone of the monument at the memorial site where currently 14 flags fly above the beach marking the 14 nationalities of the victims The 230 victims names are to be inscribed on a black granite wall at the monument The wall will also include the names of the 3 000 people who participated on search teams The crash has been the subject of the biggest investigation in US aviation history and the NTSB is expected to release its findings on August 22 23 The NTSB maintains that the crash was caused by an explosion of the aircraft s central tank saying that it was almost empty and probably exploded when kerosene fumes ignited through as yet undefined causes Retired US Navy commander William Donaldson chief investigator with the Association of Retired Aviation Professionals said the TWA flight s tank had to be full however since the plane had just taken off The tank

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