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  • kr-10-2-00
    take off and land like a normal aircraft perform short take offs and vertical landings like a Harrier jump jet and operate from aircraft carriers The JSF will also be relatively cheap about 35 million each and be an integral part of the hi tech forces to be fielded by the two countries Large numbers are likely to be bought by the US Air Force Navy and Marines while the UK is line to buy about 150 for the RAF and Navy to replace the venerable Harrier Export orders particularly to Nato nations are expected to be considerable Boeing and Lockheed are working under a concept demonstration contract to prove that such a versatile and cheap aircraft can be built The X 32A and X 35A will undergo five months of flight tests and be joined in the test programme next year by two short take off and vertical landing demonstrators Industry executives say the choice between the rival Boeing and Lockheed designs may swing on the different approaches the contractors have taken to providing the downward thrust necessary for short take offs and vertical landings Boeing has gone for a system similar to that employed by the Harrier with hot exhaust air from the jet engine rerouted to blast out under the aircraft s fuselage Lockheed has designed a new solution that involves a shaft running forward from the jet engine to drive a fan at the front of the aircraft Sources at each company say the other s solution is a weak point and much interest will centre on the flights of the short take off demonstrators next year Industry executives expect the selection of the winning contractor will take place around October next year six months later than first thought While the Clinton administration has stuck to

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  • hall-10-4-00
    arrived at its conclusions in this case and to see if ARAP can provide the NTSB with any further recommendations to help improve flight safety It is my understanding that you have preserved the wreckage at Calverton so that it could be used as a teaching tool for air safety professionals to learn how to prevent this type of tragedy from happening again Since that is ARAPs goal as well

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  • tt-8-26-96
    amazing thing is that nitroglycerine is water soluble so to get a positive test result from a piece of wreckage that was under water is kind of amazing one of the investigators said yesterday Right now we aren t sure what to think Officially the FBI is refusing to comment on reports that nitroglycerine had been discovered But it did confirm that traces of PETN penta erythritol tetranitrate had been

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  • ap-10-11-00
    Washington this week to review progress The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the destruction of TWA flight 800 four years ago killing all 230 aboard resulted from a fuel tank explosion probably caused by a short circuit The FAA program studied airliners during their regular maintenance stops looking specifically for wiring problems They found no immediate fleetwide safety issues but they found definite room for improvement in maintenance practices Erickson said Not all the problems were caused by aging she added noting for example that in some cases wiring insulation had been unintentionally damaged by work crews in tight areas We found a need for better targeted inspection out there in the fleet she said Erickson said Boeing and Airbus have advised airlines of problem areas so they can improve wiring inspections and noted maintenance reports are being changed to more completely show repairs made on wiring The FAA is also improving its training of inspectors to better focus on wiring problems Erickson said the agency is also working on the development of new more sensitive circuit breakers to shut off power when a short occurs in a wire and on technology to check the condition of wires

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  • wp-10-22-00
    stages though the frozen Iranian money may run out before all earn damages The lawsuits include one against Libya filed on behalf of the victims of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 The United States has previously found itself on the other side in court though it was not accused of terrorism In 1996 the government agreed to pay 61 8 million to the families of 248 Iranians killed when a U S warship mistakenly downed an Iranian jetliner in the Persian Gulf in 1988 The federal lawsuits against Iran Cuba and Libya were filed under a 1996 law that permitted U S citizens who are victims of terrorist acts abroad to sue foreign countries for civil damages in U S courts if those countries have been classified by the State Department as sponsors of terrorism Iran Cuba and Libya have been on that list for years along with Iraq North Korea Sudan and Syria The United States holds 2 7 billion in frozen assets belonging to those countries Stephen M Flatow a New Jersey lawyer was among the first to sue after his 20 year old daughter Alisa was killed in 1995 by a suicide bomber as she rode a bus in the Gaza Strip Flatow contended that the Palestinian extremist group Islamic Jihad was responsible for the attack and was funded primarily by Iran When he filed suit Flatow said I felt we would never see a nickel but we would make a point Now that he is about to receive payment he said I am the most surprised person on the face of this Earth Prevailing in the U S courts was relatively easy Iran and Cuba didn t defend themselves and judges found compelling evidence that they were behind the attacks But neither country recognized the courts authority and the Clinton administration initially declined to turn over frozen assets Administration officials said they wanted to help but maintained that much of the Iranian money was tied up in litigation before the Iran U S Claims Tribunal under an agreement that led to the 1981 release of U S Embassy employees who were taken hostage in Tehran by Iranian militants The administration also said it was obligated to defend international treaties and respect diplomatic property That was why for example it resisted Flatow s attempt to take the Iranian Embassy here which was seized by the United States during the hostage crisis In 1998 Congress passed legislation calling for the use of frozen assets to pay judgments but the Clinton administration balked citing national security and diplomatic concerns Among other things officials viewed frozen assets as a useful foreign policy tool and were reluctant to give them up After an emotional struggle between the families and the administration the families won broad support from leaders on Capitol Hill with key assistance from Rep Bill McCollum R Fla Sen Connie Mack R Fla and Sen Frank R Lautenberg D N J The three reached the compromise

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/wp-10-22-00.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • wp-11-14-00
    heart of the new facility Safety board spokesman Ted Lopatkiewicz said no firm plans have been made for when or how the 747 hulk will be moved from a large hangar on Long Island near the crash scene The facility must be built before the move can take place he said Recovery of nearly a whole airliner from the ocean bottom is a rare undertaking However the FBI and others originally suspected terrorism brought down the Paris bound plane Other groups continue to insist it was brought down by a missile although the safety board and the FBI say there is no evidence of a missile or bomb To determine with relative finality what happened the Navy spent months recovering every shred of wreckage it could find and specialists from the safety board and Boeing reconstructed as much of the plane as possible Hall said the new facility is expected to be in operation in early 2003 It will give the safety board its first major training facility and will expand its available lab space He said it will also allow the safety board to meet requests for training by foreign governments Our new academy will train accident investigators from public and private organizations both domestic and foreign Hall said in a statement With transportation systems continuing to grow every year and with the increasing need for well trained accident investigators in many countries the academy will serve the cause of transportation safety for travelers all around the world A number of safety boards in other countries and U S based organizations have expressed strong interest in helping NTSB establish the academy We look forward to working with the George Washington University in making the academy a success Although today s statement did not go into details Hall has said

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  • wtnh-11-15-00
    former TWA flight attendant has recruited a team of volunteer experts including physicist Tom Stalcup Not only is it a puzzle but it s a mysterious puzzle says Dr Tom Stalcup Doctor Stalcup first became interested in the missile theory after reviewing this picture taken by an amateur photographer The FBI still has the negative There s also the compelling testimony of 700 witnesses who watched the tragedy unfold before their eyes More than 100 of them describe what appeared to be a streak of light or flare moving up from the surface into a huge fireball over the Atlantic Ocean Now four years after the crash many say the government s account of what happened that night isn t at all what they remember Had I never seen what I saw that night I wouldn t doubt the FBI and the NTSB says Paul Angelides From the porch of his beach house on Long Island Paul Angelides saw a streak of light heading up over the water He says the flare appeared to come from a boat Then my impression became that I was watching some sort of military exercise says Angelides Stalcup says that based on his calculations the boat Angelides saw was somewhere in an area marked on a recently released radar data It s one of the few ships the FBI never identified The closest ship to the crash not being able to identify that ship but all the other ships they can identify seems strange to me says Stalcup James Kallstrom led the FBI s investigation into the crash He says what Angelides saw was the plane already on fire propelled upward once the plane s nose fell off The plane climbed 3 000 feet or so it was spewing flames says Angelides I don t buy it That air craft was way out there way out there what I saw was way over close to the beach high up here says Angelides Kallstrom calls the witness testimony circumstantial evidence and claims some witnesses have changed their stories I have no idea why these people say what they say They should take a hard look in the mirror and look at themselves and ask themselves what they re saying says Kallstrom This whole thing that the government has done is preposterous says Major Fred Meyer For the first time Major Fred Meyer agreed to sit down for an in depth interview on camera He was in a helicopter the night of the crash on a training mission for the National Guard Right there to my left front I saw a streak of light red orange in color crossing the sky says Meyers Based on his experiences as a pilot in Vietnam Meyer says that what he saw was a military explosive When you ve seen missiles fly across the sky and I ve seen a lot of them you know what a missile looks like flying across the sky says Kallstrom It s nonsense it

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  • aircrash-11-15-00
    be left without protest Both you and the NTSB must be aware that inaction negligence and head in the sand approaches to aircraft safety has and will continue to result in thousands more innocent people crashing and burning to death in unsafe aircraft The most irresponsible and heinous of these crimes is allowing and encouraging the practice of attaching landing gear and engines to aircraft fuel tank supporting structures This dangerous practice combined with excessive take off and landing speeds on over stressed tires is not only criminal but devious in that it is done knowingly willingly intelligently and with full understanding of its deadly potential crimes against humanity Indeed why hasn t the NTSB advised the public of the fragility of conventional aircraft fuselages as in virtually all relatively minor accidents the fuselage breaks into two or three pieces After all the NTSB has received and has admitted to seeing the video which shows the crash of the Burnelli UB 14 see http www aircrash org burnelli ub14crsh htm and shows the cabin remaining in one piece despite the catastrophic attitude of the craft as it crashed into the ground the survival of its occupants and the lack of fire The NTSB is also aware of General H H Arnold s the man who built the Air Force into a viable fighting force during WWII statement 5 The Burnelli Lifting Body design embodies extremely good factors of safety considerably higher than the streamlined fuselage type In my opinion it is essential in the interest of the national defense that this procurement be authorized see http www aircrash org burnelli arnold htm If you read down this far thanks for any time you may take in considering your duties and responsibilities as you are in a position to be either

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