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  • ap-4-12-01
    caused TWA Flight 800 to explode off the coast of New York in 1996 killing all 230 aboard last year The Thai Airways plane burst into flames minutes before Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and 148 passengers were about to board A report released Wednesday by the National Transportation and Safety Board said the plane s center tank exploded first followed by the right tank 18 minutes later The center

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  • nyt-4-12-01
    International plane exploded at an airport in Bangkok in what was initially believed to be sabotage Thai authorities said they had found traces of explosives But the safety board said today that the F B I had found no traces of explosives The blast was in the center wing fuel tank in the fuselage On both models the tank is above heat exchangers that the air conditioning system uses to

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  • usatoday-4-13-01
    Board said Wednesday The NTSB is assisting Thai authorities because of the board s expertise A flight attendant aboard the jet died The jet s cockpit voice recorder captured the sounds of the explosion The NTSB said those sounds are similar to noises recorded in the explosion of the center fuel tank on a Philippine Airlines 737 in 1990 Last year the NTSB ruled that TWA s 747 broke apart from a center tank explosion All 230 people aboard died In that explosion the NTSB suspected frayed wiring or one of several other sources led to a spark in the hot fuel vapors The safety board has recommended steps to reduce the chances that tanks can explode For example the NTSB said that air conditioning systems be switched off on the ground The air conditioning units emit heat which can cause the fuel in the tank to vaporize and become explosive Last May Boeing also warned its customers in a letter to switch off air conditioning on the ground In both the TWA and Thai accidents air conditioning systems adjacent to the center tank in the jets were turned on The NTSB said the Thai jet s air conditioning system

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  • iht-4-13-01
    company said Wednesday that the FBI had found no traces of explosives The explosion was in the center wing fuel tank a structure on the 737 and the 747 inside the fuselage where the wings come together On both models the tank is above heat exchangers that the air conditioning system uses to take heat out of the cabin The weather in Bangkok was very hot and the air conditioners

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  • discrepancy
    being held on by the underwater locating beacon mount The normal carrying handle was missing The data plate that is normally attached to the front panel was also missing and never recovered In reference to the above statement about the data plate I was reviewing a partial tape segment aired by TLC date unknown The tape shows a news briefing being conducted by Loeb In that briefing there are several

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  • lahr-4-18-01
    I tried to talk to Dennis Crider the author of the climb portion of the NTSB accident report However Bernard Loeb intervened We had a lively discussion but they weren t about to tell me how the climb was computed Subsequent to the hearing I contacted Jim Hall the Chairman of the NTSB and again requested the information about the climb computation He seemed cooperative at first There were e mails and a couple of phone calls but then finally a letter came from Jim Hall saying that the information was proprietary to Boeing and that Boeing wouldn t authorize the NTSB to release the information Previously however on the day after the CIA video appeared on national TV Boeing tried to distance itself from the climb scenario by issuing a statement that it was unaware of any data used for the video Thus it appears that the NTSB is simply hiding behind Boeing s skirts as a pretext for not releasing its own secret calculations It became clear that the NTSB was not going to willingly provide the requested information so on November 10 2000 I submitted separate requests to the NTSB and the CIA for the information under the Freedom of Information Act The CIA responded with a letter dated January 26 2001 which stated We have researched this matter and have learned that the pertinent data and resulting conclusions were provided by the National Transportation Safety Board NTSB Thus it appears that the CIA was just a strawman for the scenario that Kallstrom and Hall wanted to disseminate to the public This was midway in an active investigation when the FBI and the NTSB should have been neutral All trails to the source of the climb calculations lead back to the NTSB Well when the wreckage flight paths were calculated as part of the NTSB accident investigation all of the interested parties should have participated in those calculations A group should have been formed to determine the main flight paths of the wreckage ALPA and TWA and Boeing should have had representatives in that group The results of that group effort should have been part of the public record Ah but in this case the NTSB broke that basic rule of accident investigation A flight path wreckage group was not formed Instead the NTSB kept the flight path wreckage data and calculations in house and the NTSB did not even reveal its secret calculations to the other parties to the investigation This is what ALPA had to say in its 43 pages of comments to the NTSB Component Trajectory Study The NTSB trajectory study was conducted to calculate the airborne trajectories of certain key fragments of the aircraft in an effort to determine the breakup sequence of the aircraft ALPA is concerned that the independent nature of the study as well as the use of uncertain wreckage recovery information weakens any conclusions reached in this trajectory study Discussion The analysis conducted in the trajectory study requires numerous

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  • ap-5-12-01
    perception problem for the bureau But he added I m sure there s nothing in the documents that changes the outcome of the case The FBI blames the problem on a computer glitch Grassley is not so sure We saw documents suddenly disappear in the Waco TWA Flight 800 and Wen Ho Lee news web sites cases Grassley said FBI careers are made in high profile cases and this is the fourth time in recent years where evidence has belatedly appeared We have to be careful that withholding evidence is not done simply to win a case Kris Kolesnik director of the National Whistleblower Center a Washington based nonprofit public interest organization said the recent blunders reflect what he contended was the FBI s tendency to emphasize public relations over pure science or good investigative technique The culture is driven by image don t embarrass the bureau make the bureau look good he said On the positive side State Department officials are praising the way the FBI was able to penetrate a spy ring that Cuba had operated in Florida Five alleged spies are on trial in Miami on charges of espionage and of involvement in the 1996 MiG attack on a Miami based unarmed plane north of Cuba Four Cuban Americans were killed in the incident But success stories like this have been overshadowed by a series of missteps In February Robert Philip Hanssen a 20 year agent at the FBI was accused of selling national secrets to Moscow Hanssen carried on his alleged spying activities for 15 years without being detected by his bosses Joseph Salvati of Boston spent 30 years in prison for a murder he did not commit even though the FBI had evidence of his innocence Salvati was freed in January after a judge concluded

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  • ap-5-14-01
    that airlines pump nitrogen gas into the tanks FAA spokesman Alison Duquette said the agency is waiting for the task force s report before moving forward Carmody sworn in last year to a five year term on the board became acting chairwoman in January and will direct the agency until President Bush news web sites nominates a new chairman It s wonderful to be in charge she said but I try not to think about how long I know it s not permanent I m sure the White House will nominate somebody good Carmody said she was concerned with the growing number of airplanes vehicles and people who are on runways when they re not supposed to be In 2000 there were 431 runway incursions compared with 321 in 1999 Incidents this year are running ahead of last year s pace with 130 incursions during the first four months of 2001 compared with 118 during the same period in 2000 Every day we keep hearing about a new runway incursion she said As long as there are these kinds of numbers it makes the possibility of a catastrophe more likely The safety of fuel tanks is another of the agency s top priorities New FAA rules order manufacturers to inspect tank designs and then develop regular tank inspection and maintenance programs Airlines also must develop such programs for their fleets In addition new airplanes must be designed to reduce the chances that fuel vapors in the tanks will ignite causing an explosion Investigators blamed a fuel tank fire for the crash of TWA Flight 800 a Boeing 747 that went down on July 17 1996 shortly after taking off from John F Kennedy Airport in New York en route to Paris All 230 people aboard were killed The NTSB said

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