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  • ntsb_live-8-18-00
    in attendance for the 2 day meeting beginning on Tuesday August 22 at 9 30 a m will be able to follow the entire Board meeting from gavel to gavel on the web For the webcast users should have a least a 56k modem speakers and the RealPlayer software installed An online video archive will also be available following the event For those wishing to download the satellite signal directly

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  • perry-8-15-00
    people didn t see the plane before the missiles which is not true It was stated that people didn t see physical objects but rather lights which is not true It was reported that there is no physical evidence which is not true Then there are the photographs confiscated and denied It was reported initially that there were no military crafts in the area which is not true and later admitted The list goes on and on Something was happening that night on Eastern Long Island patrols exercises whatever and something happened Just tell the truth But here you are the group supposedly representing the Eyewitness testimony and you have interviewed only 1 1 Eyewitness You have also obviously not read the eyewitness statements objectively Yet you criticize their value and STILL don t interview the witnesses And if I hear that you couldn t find the eyewitnesses I m going to laugh Just drive to Eastern Long Island they are everywhere Or you could have put an ad in the paper We would have called if we thought you were extending an honest effort at finding the truth Yes it is left out of many newspapers but don t think people are unaware Fortunately there are a few true journalists left James Sanders Jerry Cimisi Robert Davey and others who are an honor to their profession with courage and journalistic integrity And there are a few brave editors with the willingness to put themselves on the line It s a relief to know that some still exist Then there are the independent investigators working tirelessly to bring the public which has a right to know the truth In fact I d say you owe the public the family members and most of all the victim s themselves the truth

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  • newsday-8-20-00
    run from the tank to the cockpit where they connect to gauges that tell the flight crew how much fuel is left In August 1996 just weeks after the crash Boeing performed a test that appeared to discount the fuel measuring system as the source of the spark The engineers found that applying a high voltage to the system would cause a color change on the fuel quantity indicator in the cockpit and the recovered indicator from the wreckage of Flight 800 didn t show such a color change While NTSB investigators continued to consider the system a potential ignition source they began to turn their attention to other possible sources Meanwhile as summer turned to fall more pieces of the fuel measuring system were being recovered from the wreckage site as trawlers sifted the sand as if hunting for gold But it wasn t until the spring of 1997 months after the recovery operation ended that an NTSB investigator noticed a darkened spot on a fragment from the fuel measuring system inside the tank The spot was near a wire connector and it caught his attention because it looked like soot and that might be evidence of an arcing wire A scanning electron microscope showed the spot wasn t soot it was a buildup of copper and sulfur deposits It wasn t evidence of arcing but it did raise the possibility of something that could create a conductive path inside the tank That was when we started seriously looking at probes an NTSB source said The safety board investigators began focusing on a scenario that involved several failures If wires outside the tank became abraded over time with the insulation wearing off the current from a high voltage wire might have leapt into the fuel measuring system wires Another failure of wire inside the tank coupled with the copper and sulfur deposits could mean an ignition source The investigators knew that the low voltage wires to the fuel tank were bundled with high voltage wires in several places Another force had already been at work to bring wiring issues to the fore Shortly after Flight 800 exploded the White House appointed a blue ribbon panel called the Gore Commission to come up with a host of recommendations on aviation safety and security Along with the terrorism experts on the panel was Mike Loh a retired Air Force general who couldn t help drawing a connection between what happened on the 25 year old TWA plane and wiring problems he had seen firsthand Years earlier when the Air Force had begun to retrofit a fleet of old Boeing 707s for use in the Persian Gulf War the wiring in the retired commercial plans was so badly damaged that the Air Force had to completely rewire the planes In February 1997 the Gore Commission made its recommendations Included was one written by Loh who said the FAA should expand its aging aircraft program Since 1989 the FAA has required stepped up

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  • pr-8-22-00
    a spark in an electric circuit that does not exist that was caused by a failed part that does not exist Cal Tech had to use a super powerful blow torch to even get the liquid fuel to ignite in it s sealed test tank series In order to get the Clinton Gore administration off the hook for this national defense disaster and put it to bed before the 2000 elections these appointees will have to ignore the following Over 800 known witnesses hundreds of which describe a portion or all of a shoulder fired missile attack and a few telling of it s hit on the aircraft left wing root 2 main tank Two offshore in range shoulder fired missile launch positions that were independently determined to have existed by Suffolk County Marine police inspectors FBI special agents and the ARAP air crash investigation Clear radar evidence of a left to right through and through missile hit on the aircraft and the establishment of a separate missile debris field located 2 8 NM SW of the main aircraft debris field The secret 5 000 000 FBI Stinger missile recovery effort the NTSB funded while very publicly stating a missile wasn t the cause The report the Naval Air Weapons Center produced after a 1 year extensive study of extremely unusual damage to the aircraft s left wing They recommended Stinger missiles be fired at full inboard tanks 2 main tank to replicate TWA 800 s left wing failure The 45 square feet of the forward 2 main tank wall that is missing The failure of the NTSB to do simple tests to determine which tank exploded first the center tank or the far more damaged 2 main tank next to the CWT in the left wing root The finding

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  • wp-8-22-00
    800 blast the investigation has led to extensive changes in design and regulation that are expected to improve safety in the years to come Shortly after the crash investigators determined that the plane s almost empty center fuel tank exploded but they have not settled on the source of ignition One possibility that has been widely discussed is electrical wiring passing near or through the fuel tank The plane had spent considerable time waiting for takeoff on the runway and air conditioners located beneath the fuel tank could have caused it to overheat Since the focus shifted toward the fuel tank the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered 37 corrective actions for commercial airliners Among them are replacing sharp edged fuel probes that might damage wires keeping pumps idle unless they are submerged in fuel installing protective sleeves on wiring in tanks and developing electronic devices to suppress power surges in wiring Beth Erickson head of aircraft certification for the FAA said the agency has reviewed the history of fuel tanks on 10 000 commercial and noncombat military planes and found few problems Industry also participated reporting a week ago that a three year study concluded airline fuel tanks are safe The Air Transport Association the airline industry s trade association said more than 100 000 work hours were spent inspecting 990 aircraft operated by 160 airlines as part of the program Erickson said the FAA determined that three factors are needed for a fuel tank explosion flammable vapors oxygen and an ignition source Changes are being made in all three areas eliminating sparks inerting or filling the empty area of fuel tanks with nitrogen rather than allowing in air that contains potentially flammable oxygen reducing vapors by keeping tanks fuller cooling fuel tanks and changing fuel formulas Early in the

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    an object strike the plane FIRO president Tom Stalcup said in a press conference here Stalcup also argued against the investigators theory that the plane had gained altitude following an initial explosion The magic climb theory contradicts the laws of physics the radar data which recorded the flight path and the witnesses accounts he said Moreover Stalcup continued there were numerous ships within five kilometers 3 6 miles of the area but only one that had never been identified and which continued on its path as if nothing had happened Aviation consultant engineer Glen Schulze who analyzed the so called black boxes also claimed that information was missing Four seconds of data has been removed from the Flight Data Recorder when the FBI was in charge of the investigation he said Lending his weight to the argument of possible foul play retired United Airlines pilot Richard Russell claimed he had received a copy of radar data showing a small object flying next to the plane that indicated a possible missile An air traffic controller has identified the target as potentially being a missile Russell said declining to identify his source of information NTSB investigators have explained that bystanders may have

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  • newsday-8-22-00
    have been ruled out High energy explosions leave distinctive damage signatures such as severe pitting cratering hot gas washing and petaling No such damage was found on any portion of the recovered airplane structure said Loeb Hall added It is unfortunate that a small number of people pursuing their own agendas have persisted in making unfounded charges of a government cover up in this investigation The Boeing 747 crashed on July 17 1996 shortly after taking off from John F Kennedy Airport in New York en route to Paris The long costly investigation has led to extensive changes in design and regulation that are expected to improve safety in the years to come Shortly after the crash investigators determined that the plane s almost empty center fuel tank exploded but they have not settled on the source of ignition One possibility that has been widely discussed is electrical wiring passing near or through the fuel tank The plane had spent considerable time waiting for takeoff on the runway and air conditioners located beneath the fuel tank could have caused it to overheat Since the focus shifted toward the fuel tank the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered 37 corrective actions for commercial airliners Among them are replacing sharp edged fuel probes that might damage wires keeping pumps idle unless they are submerged in fuel installing protective sleeves on wiring in tanks and developing electronic devices to suppress power surges in wiring Beth Erickson head of aircraft certification for the FAA said the agency has reviewed the history of fuel tanks on 10 000 commercial and noncombat military planes and found few problems Industry also participated reporting a week ago that a three year study concluded airline fuel tanks are safe The Air Transport Association the airline industry s trade association said

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  • aim-8-22-00
    the word of just a few eyewitnesses is enough to convict but here the government has totally discredited what hundreds of credible people saw The ad demands that the government consider what they have to say A copy of the advertisement is posted here Mr Irvine says he was approached by a security guard in the building who told him he could not hand out information inside the building and would have to leave Irvine invoked his First Amendment right of free speech and said that since it was a government building he had the right to pass out information The guard consulted with his superiors and returned to say that it was government leased space in a private building and Irvine would have to leave Irvine again said that he had a right to free speech and to inform and educate the public about what the eyewitnesses saw He said that if they wanted him out of the building they would have to carry him out He thereupon sat down on the floor Two security guards carried him out and set him down on the sidewalk If the idea was to silence him or to keep the public from getting the information it didn t work There were television cameras from six different national stations and Irvine explained to them what it is the eyewitnesses want the American people to know He also told them that his expulsion proves that the government is trying to silence the eyewitnesses accounts The accounts are very convincing A national Guard helicopter pilot flying near Long Island Sound had an unobstructed view of the whole scene He has seen many missile tests and many detonations of high explosive ordinance He says he saw the missile come up and strike TWA 800 He was

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