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  • AP-8-22-00
    effort to determine what happened and how it can be prevented in the future Indeed the center fuel tank came under suspicion early and the agency has made several recommendations for improvements The Federal Aviation Administration in turn has issued 37 directives to airlines and aircraft makers for improvements and is working on other possible changes including introducing non flammable gas into partly full tanks and eliminating any possible source of sparks The NTSB findings however well documented are unlikely to find acceptance among dissenters with theories ranging from bombs to a Navy missile to air turbulence Some contend the government is trying to cover up the real cause and one group calling itself the TWA 800 Eyewitness Alliance ran a full page ad in Tuesday s Washington Times insisting missiles brought the plane down Those theories drew a rebuke from Hall who said the FBI the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and his investigators all failed to find evidence of a bomb or missile blast It is unfortunate that a small number of people pursuing their own agendas have persisted in making unfounded charges of government coverup in this investigation Hall said Bomb and missile blasts leave distinct patterns Loeb explained 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 he said Tiny traces of explosive discovered in the cabin were probably left over from exercises testing bomb sniffing dogs conducted on the plane days before investigators said The bottom line is that our investigation confirmed that the fuel air vapor in the center wing tank was flammable at the time of the accident and that a fuel air explosion with Jet A fuel was more than

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  • tk-8-23-00
    surreptitious placement a bomb or surreptitious mechanical damage FIRO has never alleged either Evidence of a missile was reported by hundreds of eyewitnesses FIRO presented two eyewitnesses at a press conference last year in Uniondale Long Island One witness TRIED to get Federal investigators to interview her but they refused The other witness was interviewed but the agents tried to convince him that he had actually seen falling wreckage He still stands by his recollections consistent with a missile Recently an eyewitness alliance published a full page newspaper ad that declares their stories have been suppressed Ruling out sabotage does not rule out a missile strike Chairman Hall said it was unfortunate that a small number of people pursuing their own agendas have persisted in making unfounded charges of a government cover up FIRO has never officially charged that an active cover up has taken place although many members hold that as a personal view The official FIRO position has always been to declare only that which can be supported by the evidence The official FIRO position is that the investigation contains many serious flaws and anomalies If we ever do obtain solid proof of an active cover up we will be glad to share it with the media and to post it on our Web site at www Flight800 com My personal goal is to unravel the government story to find any cover up that might exist It is quite significant to note that FIRO does not have an agenda other than the pursuit of the supportable truth about Flight 800 Our group ranges widely across the educational political and economic spectrum It includes people with backgrounds in physics radar chemistry military aviation including a former crash investigator and journalism FIRO holds no official view regarding who fired the

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  • wnd-8-23-00
    big bang theory you should be ashamed of yourself Yes I know critics Stop with the conspiracies already Fair enough but I suggest critics start demanding the same thing of our federal investigators who because of BS political concerns and agendas refuse to tell Americans what really happened to one of our airliners Witnesses who lined the New York coastline that fateful night four years ago including military veterans and some military pilots have consistently described the object streaking towards TWA 800 as a missile There was no mistaking it they have said they were sure They were certain But the FBI didn t want to speak with any of these people neither did NTSB Why What you hiding gang It s very simple for the officious NTSB to tell us Hey we found no evidence of explosives How are we going to know that unless we ve seen the plane and the pieces of evidence in their entirety And exactly just how trustworthy have the Clinton administration s bureaucrats been with the American people for the past eight years What about the radar data finally released by officials showing more crafts and vessels in the area the night 800 went down than previously admitted What is the reason for that lie you know if nothing shot this plane down and it just blew up because a wire suddenly sparked on a plane that has never had before nor since a similar problem And what about the recently completed study showing that of 900 plus aircraft from 160 carriers examined over the past three years that none had similar or even major fuel tank problems concerns Is that supposed to be meaningless Are the results of that study not supposed to matter or be brushed off as unimportant I don

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  • reuters-8-22-00
    electrical wiring leading to the center wing fuel tank Although the voltage in the fuel quantity indication system wiring is limited by design to a very low level a short circuit from higher voltage wires could allow excessive voltage to be transferred to fuel quantity indication system wires and enter the tank he said We cannot be certain that this in fact occurred but of all the ignition scenarios we considered this scenario is the most likely Loeb said Preliminary findings blamed the crash on a powerful blast in the nearly empty center wing fuel tank But Boeing investigators reporting on their own 32 million investigation said this month that they had been unable to pinpoint what sparked the explosion Theories ranged from a wiring fault to bombs or a shoulder fired heat seeking Stinger missile The missile theory circulated widely among conspiracy theorists after some witnesses reported seeing upward streaking lights at the time of the crash To disprove the poorly corroborated witness reports investigators fired Stingers from a Florida beach in April The idea was that their probe would not be complete unless they made a detailed comparison between what witnesses reported and the sights and sounds a missile would make in the same atmospheric conditions and lighting as prevailed that evening on the Long Island coast More than 95 percent of the TWA aircraft was retrieved from the ocean floor in 727 pieces Fitted to a 94 foot reconstruction at a hanger in Calverton N Y the debris provided the crucial evidence of the explosion of the center wing tank Vernon Ellingstad of the NTSB s Office of Research and Engineering said in October 1998 Since all efforts to track down what set off the chain of events apparently have failed The focus has been the conditions

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  • rt-8-23-00
    Aviation Administration which regulates the aviation industry Another contributing factor to the accident was situating heat generating equipment beneath the Boeing 747 s center wing tank with no means to reduce the heat transferred into the center wing tank or to render the fuel vapors in the tank nonflammable the board said Boeing safety director Ron Hinderberger praised the NTSB for helping identify potential safety improvements but lamented the combative nature of its report It is unfortunate that we would take the information that we ve gained from the investigation and say decisions made 30 years ago or that people have been making on a worldwide basis were flawed Hinderberger told Reuters We look at each accident and look what we can do to enhance safety and prevent a recurrence We could wind the clock back 10 years ago and find planes weren t as safe as planes today he added The company s shares closed up 1 1 4 at 50 9 16 a two year high Seattle based Boeing has delivered more than 1 250 747s to airlines worldwide since the first went to the defunct Pan American airways in 1969 The safety board an independent body that investigates accidents but can only make recommendations often criticizes the FAA a Transportation Department arm that mandates safety changes and certifies production processes NTSB Chairman Jim Hall said the accident was caused by a chain of events set in motion years before by the manufacturer s and the FAA s design and certification policy Boeing s design practice of permitting parts less than 3 inches 7 6 cm in any direction to be electrically unbonded may not provide adequate protection against potential ignition hazards as a result of static electricity generated by lightning and other high energy discharges the board

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  • brady-8-23-00
    CIA video The statement below is from a concerned aviation professional who actively participated in the building of hundreds of 747s No aircraft as large as the B747 could have done anything but stall and descend when confronted with the loss of its second most major aerodynamic section the nose There are two reasons for this First as others have aptly pointed out the center of gravity would have shifted aft of the wings causing the remaining airframe to compensate by rotating on that center to a tail down configuration When that happened as that happened the engines would all have then gone into a compressor stall configuration as the air would have been rushing past the inlets causing air starvation or rarefaction in their compressor sections Upon this stall configuration there would no longer be any usable thrust and quite likely one or more of the engines would have experienced a flame out condition in consideration of both the current altitude and attitude the air at 13000 feet is nowhere as near as dense at sea level and the recovery of a stalled engine would have required a more direct head on airflow or one which benefitted an increased airflow The attitude alone would have slowed the airframe considerably and have resulted in its eventual loss of altitude simply because there was now no air under the wings The wings are the prime surface which make an airplane fly Merely pointing them in any particular direction will not make the airframe to which they are attached go in that direction The attitude of the total airframe in consonance with the thrust vector is what makes an airplane go in any particular direction Depriving the airframe of that consonant quality will lead only to failure With a loss of thrust

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  • reuters2-8-23-00
    up off Long Island on July 17 1996 14 minutes after takeoff from Kennedy International Airport Capping the costliest investigation of its kind the five member NTSB board said on Wednesday the accident s probable cause was an explosion in the plane s centre wing fuel tank caused by ignition of flammable vapours NTSB Chairman Jim Hall said the accident was caused by a chain of events set in motion years before by the manufacturer s and the FAA s design and certification policy The safety board faulted the design and certification concept that fuel tank explosions could be prevented solely by precluding all ignition sources a swipe at both Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration which regulates the aviation industry Boeing s design practice of permitting parts less than 3 inches 7 6 cm in any direction to be electrically unbonded may not provide adequate protection against potential ignition hazards as a result of static electricity generated by lightning and other high energy discharges the board ruled The board issued four new safety recommendations in addition to those that had already led to some 40 FAA safety directives growing out of TWA 800 It urged the FAA to examine

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  • ap-8-24-00
    TWA flight attendant and his two young daughters Shannon and Katie in the disaster found little comfort at the hearing The presentation by the NTSB has been excellent but there have been no surprises The center fuel tank blew up and killed my family and the loved ones of the other family members That is not supposed to happen is it Lychner said Michel Breistroff from Paris whose son Michel 24 had been about to join the French Olympic hockey team is not convinced the plane was brought down by a mechanical problem He said he had lingering doubts about a missile or some other non mechanical means They have been explaining to me but inside my head I don t fully believe what they are saying I wish I could be convinced so I could be free Breistroff said The board spent much of Wednesday afternoon focusing on the missile theory stressing that no radar returns show the presence of a missile Eyewitness reports generally support the evidence of an internal explosion though a few mention a streak of light before the plane went down Investigator David L Mayer said that the first explosion in the moving airplane would have looked like a small moving light followed a few seconds later by a fireball as the plane broke up and fuel from other tanks went into the blaze The fireball then would break up as the pieces fell into the ocean There is a remarkable consistency of the accounts and most seem to be describing the breakup of the accident airplane Mayer said Some witnesses who reported seeing a streak from the ground didn t include that in their first description only adding it later after the idea had been raised in the news he added Witness statements only

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