There is a petition active with the NTSB to reopen the investigation into the crash of TWA 800. The plane exploded in July 1996, shortly after leaving New York.
The official explanation blamed a short circuit in the center wing fuel tank, though that’s never happened to a 747 before. Many witnesses reported seeing a streak of light rise in the vicinity of the plane.
I stopped believing the official explanation early on when I read a CNN story reporting that the nose-wheel doors were blown inward, suggesting an external explosion had taken place. The NTSB said the investigation would have to see how that evidence fit the official theory:
But Shelly Hazle, an NTSB spokeswoman, downplayed the significance, emphasizing that investigators will have to see how this newly discovered evidence fits into their theory of how the plane blew up.
The NTSB was cherry-picking evidence to support its theory. I knew then that the investigation was a sham. What downed the plane? I have no idea, but I do firmly believe the federal government knows more than it’s telling.
Seventeen years ago, TWA Flight 800 crashed off Long Island, killing all 230 people aboard. The official government investigation blamed mechanical failure, but now a group of former investigators are petitioning the National Transportation Safety Board to reopen the probe, saying the original report was falsified. Was the plane accidentally shot down by the U.S. Navy conducting a nearby exercise, or was it a terrorist attack?