TWA Flight 800: NTSB Responds to Calls for New Investigation

By: Sean Patterson - June 19, 2013

In July 1996, TWA Flight 800 exploded over the Atlantic Ocean near New York, just minutes after taking off from JFK International Airport. All 230 people on board the flight died in the crash.

Now, almost 17 years later, former investigators are urging authorities to re-open the investigation into the cause of the crash. According to the Associated Press, the call are being made just prior to the release of a new documentary on the event that claims to show new evidence that TWA Flight 800 was shot down by a missile. A petition has been filed with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The new documentary, titled TWA Flight 800, is scheduled to air July 17 on the Epic premium cable TV channel. According to Epix, the movie features “six former member of the official crash investigation breaking their silence to refute the officially proposed cause of the jetliner’s demise and reveal how the investigation was systematically undermined.”

The FBI had initially investigated the crash as a possible missile attack. The NTSB’s final report stated that the explosion on the flight was due to the ignition of the fuel/air mix in the plane’s center wing fuel tank, likely caused by an electrical short circuit.

The NTSB today released a statement regarding the petition, emphasizing that its 4-year investigation into the crash was one of the board’s most extensive investigations ever. From the statement:

The NTSB today received a petition for reconsideration of its investigation into the July 17, 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800. As required by NTSB regulation, a petition for reconsideration of Board findings or a probable cause determination must be based on the discovery of new evidence or on a showing that the Board’s findings are erroneous. The NTSB will review the details of the petition to determine if it meets the requirements set forth in the regulation.

The TWA Flight 800 investigation lasted four years and remains one of the NTSB’s most detailed investigations. Investigators took great care reviewing, documenting and analyzing facts and data and the NTSB held a five-day hearing to gather additional facts before determining the probable cause of the accident during a two-day Board meeting.

The NTSB pointed out that its 400-page report on the crash has been available publicly for over a decade. It also stated that 17,000 pages of supporting material from the board’s docket is also publicly available.

(via AP)

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  • Otto E Monsanto

    Who was onboard that plane that a foreign [or our] military had the need to have said life (or lives) deceased?

  • http://yahoo Steve Volkle

    As along Islander at the time you just had to listen to the local news to think something was not right. There was an Air Force C130 coming in from England going to W.Hampton airport. The pilot said he saw a light come off the water and then the explosion and he also said he had see missles strikes in Vietnam so he knew what he was talking about. After the interview you never saw him again. I guess he was told to SHUT UP. If they thought there was something major wrong with the plane why weren’t 747’s grounded until the F.A.A. did an investigation?? There was also all the local people who said they saw the same thing the pilot saw. But it all whould have made Clinton look bad if it turned out to be a terror strike so can you say cover-up.

    • DAN

      After watching the documentary on netflix made about the investigation, it is clear there were 3 separate missles fired at the plane that exploded near the plane. Patriot missles are designed to seek out and explode approaching missles or enemy aircraft. Somehow, the US military must have made a mistake and shot down flight 800. One missle came off the shore, the other two from the water off the coast of Long Island. The plane was only 13000 feet above the sea still making its accent. What a tragedy to loose 200 people and then have the US government, the FBI,the CIA, the NTSB, the major media, and the US military all work to hide the truth about the shooting down of our own civilian aircraft.

  • LC

    After seeing the documentary, I personally believe that the US military was either conducting training or missile testing & something went terribly wrong or there was an accidental launch. A missile was launched (heat seeking?) & then another 1 or 2 anti-ballistic type missiles followed in an attempt to stop it either as part of the exercise or after they realized that it was off course & headed toward an airliner. In order to either cover up the incident and/or to not cause fear & panic amongst air travelers, they lied. Regardless of which scenario is correct or some similar variation, it is the public’s right, and even more so the victim’s families right to know what happened and what has been done since to prevent another tragedy from occurring. Those that made the decision to cover it up should also be held accountable. (Probably the main reason that the cover up continues to this day)