No Bomb, Missile Behind TWA 800 Crash: NTSB
Board declines to comment on petition for new probe
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2013 12:55 AM CDT
Updated Jul 3, 2013 5:47 AM CDT
In this July 18, 1996 file photo, a piece of debris from TWA flight 800 floats in the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island, NY.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – Despite claims to the contrary, there is no evidence that a bomb or missile caused the July 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800, the National Transportation Safety Board insisted in a press conference yesterday. NTSB officials declined to comment directly on whether a petition calling for a fresh investigation will indeed lead to a new probe. But they stressed that there was no radar evidence of anything "intercepting the plane," and that the patterns of damage were not consistent with a bomb or missile strike, Politico reports.

After the longest investigation in its history, the NTSB concluded that the crash that killed all 230 people on the New York-to-Paris flight was caused by a fuel tank blast caused by faulty wiring. "I am upset about bringing this back up, for the sake of the people who lost folks in the accident," said the director of the board's Office of Research and Engineering, who was the chief fire and explosives investigator on the crash probe. A documentary to be aired later this month features "whistleblowers" from the original investigation team who say the probe should be reopened.

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Jul 27, 2013 11:15 PM CDT
I could be talking out of school here, but wasn't there a telemetry company early on who created an animation of the missile scenario from the data their network collected. Really, I remember them talking about it and they showed that something was headed to that plane and then it went down.
Jul 8, 2013 8:27 PM CDT
Come on people, you know our government covers up/lies to the US citizens to keep the citizens quite. ( I can remember the cover up of JFK during the motor cade ride in Dallas). Too many witnesses on the ground and aircrew saw missles being sent up. Our Federal Government, or any form of government, can not be trusted.
Jul 8, 2013 9:46 AM CDT
There has never been a government which hasn't lied to its citizens, subjects, members, etc. At a certain point, they begin to lose credibility. For example, the USA. As least Winston Churchill admitted it while trying to justify it when he said, "Sometimes the truth is so precious, it must be protected by a bodyguard of lies." This lesson has been lost on our government which lies about everything.