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Documentary About TWA Flight 800 Disputes NTSB Findings

TWA Flight 800

July 17th marks the 17th anniversary of Trans World Airlines Flight 800 (TWA 800) explosion shortly after takeoff from New York’s JFK Airport, resulting in the death of all 230 people onboard. The National Transportation Safety Board issued a final report 13 years ago, concluding that the fuel tank explosion was the result of an electrical spark. A new television documentary is set to air on July 17th challenging the NTSB’s conclusion as to the cause of the accident and presenting a theory that the 747 was brought down by a missile. The documentary will feature interviews from six former investigators alleging that the plane was brought down by a missile.

Streak of Light” Thought by Witnesses to be a Missile

Few aviation accidents have sparked as much intrigue and controversy as TWA Flight 800, perhaps because the crash was witnessed by many. The NTSB report indicated that 258 people reported seeing a “streak of light” close to the plane, just prior to a larger explosion. Many witnesses interpreted the streak of light as a missile. However, the NTSB concluded that the streak of light was burning fuel coming from the plane just before the plane completely broke apart. Since the plane crashed close to the shore, many people witnessed the plane’s disintegration.

Not All Agree with the NTSB’s Final Report

Many have disputed the NTSB’s final report. Retired Naval officer William Donaldson submitted a report to Congress in 1998 alleging that the plane was brought down by two missiles. The International Associate of Machinist and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), which participated in the investigation, argued that the explosion of the central wing tank was a result, and not the cause of, the plane’s disintegration.

The documentary airing this month revives the controversy surrounding the NTSB’s final report as to the cause of this aviation disaster, but is unlikely to present any additional compelling evidence overriding the NTSB’s conclusion.

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