Our flight was totally full, and when TWA realized that they could not repair our plane in time, they canceled Flight 800 to Paris and gave us the Paris flight's plane. The Paris flight was supposed to take off at 10:00 if I recall correctly. We took off close to midnight. That might even be the same plane in the picture. Three nights later, Flight 800 mysteriously crashed shortly after takeoff from JFK, killing all 230 people on board.
Because of that story, I have always been fascinated with the TWA 800 crash. For many years, investigators have insisted that there was a fuel explosion in the air. But there were always rumors that someone shot a missile at the flight. Now, some of the crash's investigator's are going public with a story that hints that TWA 800 was shot down.
Flight 800, a Boeing 747, had just taken off from JFK airport with 230 people aboard on July 17, 1996, en route to Paris when it exploded and crashed off the coast of nearby East Moriches, Long Island, killing everyone on the plane.
“..This team of investigators who actually handled the wreckage and victims’ bodies, prove that the officially proposed fuel-air explosion did not cause the crash,” reads a statement by the producers of the film, which will debut on cable network EPIX next month. “They also provide radar and forensic evidence proving that one or more ordnance explosions outside the aircraft caused the crash.” However, the statement said they did not speculate about the source or sources of any ordnance explosions.
The whistle-blower team, which includes investigators -- at the time -- from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), TWA, and the Airline Pilots Association, have since retired from their positions. They claim that at the time, they were placed under a gag order by the NTSB, which they charged falsified the official conclusion of the cause of the crash. They indicated they would elaborate more in a Wednesday media briefing.
The NTSB report, the culmination of a four-year investigation, suggested the cause of the explosion was due to an explosion in the gas tank caused by a short circuit.
With conspiracy theories immediately swirling around the crash -- one being that it was caused by a terrorist missile strike -- the FBI conducted a 16-month investigation and concluded that there was no evidence to indicate that any criminal act occurred.
Read the whole thing.
Let's go to the videotape.