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    interiors while dumping their heat into the fuel in the center tank warming it enough to turn the fuel into vapor which can explode if a spark is present Aircraft designers recognized the problem long before July 17 1996 when Flight 800 after experiencing an extensive delay on the ground with the air conditioners running climbed out of Kennedy International Airport on its way to Paris It exploded off the Long Island coast about 11 minutes later killing everyone aboard Fuel tank explosions are unusual but 737 s exploded on the ground in Manila in 1991 and Bangkok in 2001 The National Transportation Safety Board was never able to pinpoint the source of the spark in T W A Flight 800 but it found that explosive conditions existed in center fuel tanks much more frequently than had been commonly thought Boeing says it thinks that the atmosphere in the tanks will support combustion about 20 percent to 30 percent of the time The board also found a variety of wiring problems on older planes that could cause a spark In the last seven years the F A A has issued more than 50 directives ordering airlines to inspect wiring and replace certain parts But the safety board declared that that approach was fundamentally flawed because it could not be complete Michael P Delaney a program manager at Boeing for the problem of explosive fuel tanks described the classic fire triangle of a combustible material air and an ignition source Inerting he said means attacking two corners on the fire triangle as opposed to historically going after one which is the ignition Boeing s solution diverts some of the air generated by the engines which is produced for use inside the engine and for pressurizing the cabin into a filter The

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/nyt-7-30-03.htm (2016-02-13)
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    anticipated FBI press conference and contained an animation showing Flight 800 climbing after it exploded The CIA s narrator said nothing in the eyewitness statements leads CIA analysts to conclude that these eyewitnesses in fact saw a missile But the witness statements are at odds with this claim Witness 73 believed that she witnessed a missile which had been fired from a boat She saw Flight 800 s front section fall away as depicted in the CIA video but only after watching a red streak that rose up and intercepted the aircraft Witness 88 stated that the bright red object ran into the airplane and struck the plane towards the cockpit area These witnesses were not alone By August of 2000 the National Transportation Safety Board NTSB released two studies showing that over 90 of the witnesses with a clear view of the horizon and who gave information regarding the streak s origin said it rose off the surface Flight 800 exploded two and a half miles up Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization FIRO believes government officials should be held accountable for providing misleading information Like CIA Chief George Tenet s recent admission of his mistake regarding the language in

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/pr-7-17-03.htm (2016-02-13)
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    the NTSB has responded to show its climb calculations 0 The number of ships or subs the Navy claimed were within 185 miles of the disaster 4 The number of Navy ships or subs the FBI in its final report admitted were in the immediate vicinity of the disaster 7 The number of days it allegedly took the Navy to find the black boxes in 130 feet of calm water off the Hamptons 7 The number of hours it actually took the Navy to find the black boxes of a crashed Turkish airplane in 7 200 feet of water earlier in that year off the Dominican Republic 4 The number of seconds missing at the end of both the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder 3 The number of satellites in position to record the disaster 3 The number of satellites reportedly broken at that very moment 0 The number of times the New York Times used the word military or satellite in the first two months of reporting on TWA 800 5 The number of minutes it took the Department of Defense to alert Russia that one of our satellites had spotted a Ukranian missile accidentally downing one of its aircraft in October 2001 5 The number of different official explanations authorities gave for what the FAA radar technicians had seen merge with TWA Flight 800 on the night of July 17 116 The number of pieces of suspicious debris many of which had tested positive for explosive residue in Long Island that were sent to the notorious FBI lab in Washington 116 The number of pieces of suspicious debris that were never heard of again 150 Roughly the number of airline pilots I have communicated with since the book came out 3 The number who believed

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/flight800-bythenumbers.htm (2016-02-13)
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    is scheduled to start his new position on Aug 1 2003 Establishing the COO position is an important step forward in managing an air traffic control system that is not only the safest but is also a model of efficiency and cost effectiveness said Secretary Mineta Taxpayers rightly expect results and accountability in operating our nation s transportation infrastructure and I am confident that Russ is the right person to help accomplish this in aviation Chew comes to the FAA with nearly two decades of broad aviation industry experience at American Airlines where he served as a line qualified captain managing director of the airline s strategic operations planning and as manager of technical flight operations and systems support technologies In his latest position as managing director of system operations control Chew has been responsible for directing the airline s day to day operations at American s central control center Filling the COO position has been one of my top priorities and we re pleased to have a person of Russ caliber join the FAA said Administrator Blakey His strong experience at the strategic and operations level will help advance our performance within the air traffic control system The COO position has its roots in Secretary Mineta s leadership of the National Civil Aviation Review Commission of 1997 Among the Commission s recommendations was the creation of a performance based organization for the nation s air traffic control system with operational and financial issues managed by a COO The Commission s recommendation was further advanced in the Wendell H Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century AIR 21 enacted in 2000 This is an exciting opportunity to work with the FAA team and industry to bring even greater benefits to the flying public said Chew I m

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/ap-6-11-03.htm (2016-02-13)
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    are designed with circuit breakers and safety devices made to prevent such an occurrence With this probably in mind the article notes that no proof has yet surfaced that this was the provable reason for the crash They go on to add that the entertainment systems blamed as the cause were all removed shortly after the crash What they don t tell you is no similar event ever occurred anywhere else on any MD 11 because of this nor were there any flaws found on the remaining inspected MD 11 wiring in other aircraft I ve spoken with commercial airline pilots and they told me confidentially that there s no way that the MD 11 aircraft would be brought down by such happenings What makes their account unbelieveable is how the event actually happened If the fire started in the cockpit overhead panel the pilots would be the first to realize it What the forensics showed was that the passengers in the back were already badly burned suffocated and dead before the pilots succumbed I would like for the panel to explain how the pilots could fly the plane while the passengers were dying in the cabin if the fire was located in their overhead panel According to official accounts Swissair developed smoke in the cockpit problems a half hour into the flight The pilots were aware of a serious problem and turned towards Boston to make an emergency landing Boston ordered them off their field to Halifax The pilots had sqaundered precious minutes by making this desperate turn Upon reaching Halifax the plane was too heavy with fuel to safely land The captain made a judgment call to circle for a fuel dump It was his last The burning aircraft crashed 10 miles off Nova Scotia before it could

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/swissair-3-29-03.htm (2016-02-13)
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    Investigations In his letter of resignation to President Bush Mr Black said it has been an honor to serve my country for nearly seven years at the Safety Board I am returning to highway safety engineering practice that has been my profession for over 30 years Mr Black became a Member of the NTSB on February 22 1996 the first practicing highway engineer to be a Board Member He was the on scene Board Member at a number of high profile transportation accidents during his tenure including the 1996 engine failure on an MD 88 in Pensacola Florida the runway collision between a small plane and a commuter airliner in Illinois later that year the propane gas explosion in Puerto Rico also in 1996 the crash of a Korean Airlines 747 in Guam in 1997 and the crash of American Airlines flight 587 in New York City in November 2001 Before coming to the Board Mr Black held highway engineering posts with Gwinnett County Georgia for 24 years retiring as Director of Transportation He is a 1968 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree and is a registered professional engineer While at Georgia

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/ntsb-1-29-03.htm (2016-02-13)
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    I don t doubt that he didn t mean to tell the truth in this case it just slipped out A transcript of the interview including the editor s note saying he didn t mean to say shootdown is still on the PBS website at http www pbs org newshour bb terrorism july dec02 senators 10 31 html It s about halfway down the page Here is the relevant passage

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/rudman-1-13-03.htm (2016-02-13)
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    investigation warrant a thorough review including but not limited to Analysis of metallurgical limitations in the detection of bomb or missile damage on aircraft wreckage after prolonged immersion in saltwater Conclusions relating to the source of PETN and RDX found on the aircraft Data used to produce both the CIA and NTSB video depictions of Fl800 s demise Data used to interpret the FDR Review of the CVR spectral analysis Review of the radar tapes with special emphasis relating to the ghosting purported to have been caused by Jet Express 18 Data used to determine the identity of the object depicted in the Kabot photo Thorough examination of the articles analyzed and data relating to the red residue Review of debris field database Analysis of engine damage Complete details relating to the examination of CW504 Investigation into the NTSB s failure to identify a private aircraft which transmitted messages to Gabreski ATC on the evening of 7 17 96 The pilot indicated he saw a boat leaving it the TWA800 crash scene in a Westerly direction The pilot transmitted his tail number to the ATC Note Subsequent investigation by this author has identified this aircraft The information was turned over

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/fiorentino-12-31-02.htm (2016-02-13)
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