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    is from exhibit 3A At 0041 27 UTC and again at 0041 37 UTC an Emergency Locator Transmitter signal was heard on the New York Flight Service Station frequency The tape from Gabreski Tower FOK was barely readable However the ATC group was able to discern a report on the tape of a pilot who reported a power boat proceeding west from the vicinity of the impact site The identification of the aircraft was not clear From exhibit 3E 010545 125 3 N776 776 I DON T KNOW WHETHER YOU HAVE ANY REPORTS ABOUT THIS THING OUT THERE BUT THERE S SOMETHING BURNING AND WHAT S INTERESTING IS THERE WAS A BOAT LEAVING IT TO THE WESTERLY DIRECTION During his several communications with Gabreski Tower the pilot of N776 indicated to the Tower Skyhawk 776 another identifier A Skyhawk is a Cessna 172P fixed wing propeller driven 4 seat aircraft In the initial investigation into this anomaly performed by ARAP Associated Retired Aviation Professionals a group headed by Comdr William S Donaldson USN Ret which has been independently looking into Flight 800 the search for N776 was once again unproductive This search yielded erroneous information which this author quickly refuted The aircraft was initially traced to an individual in Texas who did not own a Cessna his tail number though was indeed N776 The total time spent tracking down ARAP s lead and discovering their mistake was approximately 3 hours Subsequent investigation and searches of FAA databases have now uncovered the true identity of N776 The total time expended was several days at the cost of only several dollars Why is it that the NTSB which expended many millions of dollars and several years was unable to discover the identity of this aircraft More importantly what did the pilot of

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    men women and children aboard the ill fated flight none survived Now six years later on the anniversary of the crash lingering doubts still remain The official version of what happened that night places the blame on a spark of unknown origin which ignited the fuel vapors in the plane s nearly empty Center Wing Tank Many choose not to believe this scenario After a controversial four year long investigation by the NTSB assisted by other federal agencies we have arrived at this point in time the sixth anniversary of the crash This short editorial will not be a critique of that investigation nor a news item presenting fresh evidence For today it somehow seems inappropriate to become embroiled in the continuing controversy that is the Fl800 mystery Today is a day to remember A day to remember the 230 souls who lost their lives A day to remember champions of the truth like Cmdr William S Donaldson USN Ret who himself passed away in 2001 His brother Bob Donaldson continues in his brothers footsteps He dutifully maintains the website dedicated to the Fl800 mystery at http www twa800 com Yes today we remember It matters not whether you believe

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/fiorentino-7-17-02.htm (2016-02-13)
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    technicians for such indicia was continuing In the face of no classic explosive artifacts little forensic documentation or guidance on large body aircraft missile engagements and no supportable mechanical or operational explanation for the crash of Trans World Airlines TWA Flight 800 FBI management decided that any investigative or scientific avenue that was reasonable and which could assist in providing a factual cause of the incident should and would be pursued The report goes on to say that the initial metallurgical findings were reviewed stating A cursory metallurgical peer review was conducted The report further states however No analysis or microscopic examinations were conducted This would seem to indicate a review of the methodology used and not a review of actual findings as no further tests were performed Reproduced below are excerpts from William Tobin s sworn testimony at the Grassley hearings Excerpts of FBI Metallurgist William Tobin s testimony during the Grassley hearing GRASSLEY Within 30 days of arriving at Calverton what was your professional assessment of as to whether the cause of the crash was a bomb TOBIN It progressed from an inclination of viewing the earmarks as possibly a bomb but it changed rather quickly to confirmation within my mind that there was no indication of a bomb and unlikely to be that of a missile within the first 30 days GRASSLEY At some point did the bomb techs agree with yours and the NTSB s assessment that the cause of the crash was not a bomb TOBIN Yes Senator I would estimate that probably four to six weeks after about four to six weeks we were all unanimously or near unanimously on the same page And all being the bomb techs the National Transportation Safety Board and the metallurgy or the material science interests in the FBI laboratory We were all unanimously we were united in our observations and conclusions that there was no bomb or missile damage evident on those aircraft parts GRASSLEY The term four to six weeks brings you to what date on the calendar approximately Just approximately TOBIN My guess would be mid September early to mid September It would appear that the FBI report and Tobin s testimony are at odds This is just another glaring example of the inept and inconclusive investigation into one of the worst air disasters in history Copyright 2002 John E Fiorentino All rights reserved Distribution to wire services and recognized news media is allowed No other use distribution or reproduction can be made without the express consent of the author BOEING RESPONDS TO FBI REPORT It is worthy to note that these spheres were recovered from the corpses of some TWA800 victims at autopsy Authors note FBI report from Brookhaven National Labs 1997 excerpts This item one of 20 similar pieces was approx 5mm in diameter and charcoal colored The item was polished and then subjected to an energy dispersive spectrometer EDS analysis to determine its chemical composition Small charcoal colored particles 1 of 20

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    nearest point of land to where the plane went down July 17 1996 and overlooks a beach where debris washed ashore The black granite memorial designed by architect David Busch has a gray wave and 230 gray doves on one side and the names of the victims inscribed on the other It brings back some memories not easy ones but the ones I don t want to forget said Burt

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    report and above all the fact that a group of Egyptian air force officers was on the plane He warned that citing the Egyptian copilot as deliberately causing the crash would have a negative effect on Egyptian US relations The report therefore fell short of clear conclusions Hadayat s murderous attack on El Al flight 106 passengers points back to the Egyptair 990 disaster of 1999 reviving the many questions left open by that earlier half stifled inquiry which carefully stepped round any suggestion of terrorism It also raises the question of how many sleeper cells the Egyptian Jihad al Qaeda s primary operational arm maintains in American cities Hadayat struck the El Al ticket line on his 42nd birthday The initial FBI inquiry found through records of his fingerprints at the Department of Motor Vehicles which issued him with a limousine license that he was married with at least one child and had lived in Irvine for the last two years working on a green card Since the attack the possibility that he arrived in America as a sleeper terrorist must be seriously addressed US investigators realize he was not a lone operative and are seeking his accomplices in such matters as setting up the hit providing the guns he carried and intelligence on the security situation at the Tom Bradley terminal DEBKAfile s Middle East intelligence sources report that early Friday Egyptian intelligence officers picked up Hadayat s relatives and associates in Cairo to try and trace the identities of his fellows in the American Jihad cell 7 July Hesham Mohamed Hadayat was no stranger toEl Al s Los Angeles airport office According to DEBKAfile s counter terror sources the man who murdered two Israelis on the El Al ticket line at Los Angeles airport on July 4th worked for the American Mercury ground service company from 1993 one year after he arrived in the US until 1998 when he left to set up his own limousine service for air passengers Exactly what he did at Mercury is vague but during his five years in their employ this former bank clerk from Cairo was free to move around Los Angeles international airport Our sources reveal that during that time he aroused the suspicions of El Al security personnel who warned airport security When no action was taken they put him under surveillance El Al asked Mercury to rearrange Hadayat s shifts for periods when none of its planes were scheduled which Mercury agreed to do After the 4th of July attack in order not to clash directly with the US authorities which refused to identify it as a terrorist assault El Al and Israeli security spokesmen said that even if the Egyptian gunman was not a proven member of a terrorist group his crime ranked as an act of terror However Sunday July 7 the influential Arabic London based Al Hayat followed the original DEBKAfile disclosure of July 5 that Hadayat was a member of the Egyptian Islamic

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/debkafile-7-9-02.htm (2016-02-13)
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    and the NTSB attempted to dismiss the eyewitnesses saying that after the nose was blown off of TWA800 the aircraft zoom climbed from 13 800 feet to 17 000 feet trailing flames This was supposed to be the bright streak seen by the eyewitnesses As a former Navy pilot a graduate engineer and a retired airline pilot I requested the NTSB s calculations for the zoom climb I was denied I appealed the denial I was denied again Then I submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to both the CIA and the NTSB for the zoom climb calculations The CIA responded that it had used data and conclusions provided by the NTSB The NTSB responded that it couldn t release the information because it was proprietary to Boeing But the day after the CIA animation was nationally televised Boeing issued a public statement saying it had no knowledge of the data and conclusions used by the CIA for its animation Simply put the zoom climb was aerodynamically impossible When the nose was blown off the center of gravity moved so far aft that the aircraft immediately pitched up and stalled The most it could have climbed is about 200 feet

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    easy to answer question said Lt Col Mike Monnett an Army spokesman While not directed to do so the Army s Missile Command did some computer modeling crunched all the data and determined it was not outside the realm of possibility but it s also not likely Investigators have expressed skepticism that a missile struck the TWA plane But they continue to cite such a possibility given numerous witnesses who have reported seeing something streak toward the aircraft instants before it burst into flames Stingers carry infrared guidance systems that zero in on aircraft engines or other heat sources Direct hits on military planes often have resulted not in the kind of fiery explosion seen when the TWA flight blew up but rather in the noncombustive loss of an engine or wing followed by the aircraft s free fall Nonetheless some combat aircraft have been known to explode in midair when hit by a shoulder fired missile and commercial airliners may be even more prone to do so because they are not hardened for battle like military planes If a missile hit a wing full of aviation fuel Monnet said you d have the fuel mixing with the atmosphere which could produce an explosion Because aiming the Stinger requires some steadiness defense officials said a water launch would need a rather large stable platform something more than a small boat The Army first fielded the Stinger in 1982 and the missile is available in 16 other countries according to Pentagon figures The Soviet Union produced a similar missile the SA 14 also now in use around the world Two later Soviet models the SA 16 and SA 18 have longer ranges 3 miles and are not impeded as easily as the SA 14 by flares or metallic chaff Their availability

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    courtroom and the prosecutor says I ve got an eyewitness then I become a trump card We re not just one witness but 135 or more strong I saw something hit the right side of the plane My opinion was it blew the wing off on impact I assumed something went through the airplane like behind first class and into the wing Gallagher of New Jersey has worked the ocean waters near the crash for more than 15 years My honest opinion my gut feeling is that we have the most brilliant people in the world and the best technology Gallagher said If they ve been on scene for a year and they ve not come up with something as a critical thinker I have to ask could they be covering up something Mr Gallagher we can t accuse you of being a conspiracy theorist but if you invite people to hypnotize you especially the FBI you are in danger of being labeled a psychic and the FBI will have nothing to do with you July 22 July 22 2002 11 Jumaada al awal 1423 A H is the anniversary of the September 2 1998 crash of Swissair 111 11 Jumaada al awal 1419 A H and the December 21 1988 11 Jumaada al awal 1409 A H bombing of Pan Am 103 As mentioned above following the crash of AA 587 on November 12 2001 the fourth anniversary of the conviction of Ramzi Yousef for the first bombing of the World Trade Center a second attempt was made to bomb an American Airlines flight on the anniversary in the Gregorian calendar of the bombing of PA 103 when Richard Reid was denied boarding to AA 63 on December 21 2001 FBI agents investigated the possibility that shoe bomber Reid was trying to mark the anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing with a suicide attack He first tried to board a Paris to Miami flight on Friday Dec 21 the 13th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which killed 270 people in 1988 but it was not until 24 hours later that he managed to get a flight on an American Airlines flight carrying 197 people The FBI is now trying to hire people who can understand Arabic I have a non conspiracy theory on this Maybe those that they hire will explain that Islamic terrorists sometimes prefer to use their own calendar when planning to mark an anniversary The FAA will never accuse anyone of being either a conspiracy theorist or a psychic Its approach is simpler it doesn t bother to reply February 21 2002 Rockets reported fired at two jetliners THE WASHINGTON TIMES An Alexandria woman said she saw a flare or rocket ascending toward a US Airways flight landing at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport last month January 20 2002 similar to a report from a Southwest Airlines pilot landing at Baltimore Washington International Airport Sunday February 17 2002 The Federal Aviation Administration is

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