TWA 800: The Crash, the Cover-Up, and the Conspiracy by Jack CashillTWA Flight 800 crashed into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff from JFK airport on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 passengers on board. Although initial reports suggested a terrorist attack, FBI and NTSB investigators blamed a fuel tank explosion. But skeptics have long questioned the official story, and new evidence has surfaced that suggests a widespread conspiracy...
In TWA 800, historian Jack Cashill introduces new documents and testimonies that reveal the shocking true chain of events: from the disastrous crash to the high-level decision to create a cover story and the attempts to silence anyone who dared speak the truth.
TWA Flight 800 Salvage
The data, released on the eve of public hearings on the crash, revealed some additional information about the July crash off of New York's Long Island:. Analysis of victims' autopsies revealed that as many as 47 of the people on board the may not have been killed instantly by the explosion that felled the plane.
TERROR ON FLIGHT 800
The sea speaks in many voices. On that first morning after the explosion of TWA Flight , amid the overwhelming stench of burning jet fuel and the plane's charred remains, hundreds of letters floated on the surface of the Atlantic, unanchored memories of diplomats, designers, doctors and teenagers. A postcard of the Statue of Liberty had become an interrupted souvenir, an image of the monument born in France that never made its way home. Out of a camera bag fished from the waste came a list in pencil, in what seemed to be a young girl's handwriting. Amy: light pink, size 8.
EDT , 12 minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport on a scheduled international passenger flight to Rome , with a stopover in Paris. Accident investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board NTSB traveled to the scene, arriving the following morning  : amid speculation that a terrorist attack was the cause of the crash. The four-year NTSB investigation concluded with the approval of the Aircraft Accident Report on August 23, , ending the most extensive, complex, and costly air disaster investigation in U. Although it could not be determined with certainty, the likely ignition source was a short circuit. The FQIS on Flight is known to have been malfunctioning; the captain remarked on what he called "crazy" readings from the system approximately two minutes and thirty seconds before the aircraft exploded. As a result of the investigation, new requirements were developed for aircraft to prevent future fuel tank explosions.
There's a lot we don't know about what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH Most experts and U. This isn't the first plane to be shot down in that area by those separatists. Until aviation and forensic investigators are able to examine the crash site, the bodies, and the plane's black-box data recorders, however, it will be hard to say exactly what happened to the plane and its passengers. Meanwhile, people around the world, including family members of the victims , are left wondering what happened to the passengers in their final moments. While that depends on how much damage the plane sustained, here's what different experts think:.
When the explosion occurred, some may have had a sudden panic attack for maybe one or two seconds. Charles Wetli, the Suffolk County medical examiner in charge of autopsies conducted on crash victims. In an interview at his office, Wetli said passengers displayed two kinds of injuries: those consistent with an explosion or those caused by a massive change in speed, cabin pressure and altitude. The blast occurred when the plane was traveling at mph at about 13, feet the evening of July The Boeing broke apart, dropped to about 9, feet when it erupted into flames and fell into the Atlantic about 10 miles off Long Island. He likened it to a car smashing into a brick wall at mph. Technically, some victims deaths were attributed to drowning, but Wetli said they would have been unconscious when they entered the water.
He has had to pick a woman's liver off the highway after a drunken driver rammed into the side of her car. He has had to go into a house where a family had been burnt to death. He has dived to a sunken yacht and brought up the bodies of two young boys to their distraught father. But all of this pales in comparison to what he would have to face on the night of Wednesday 17 July It started calmly enough. Vincent was working the night tour at the Marine Bureau: 5pm to 1am. As he parked his Chevy Blazer outside the two-storey brick building on Great South Bay, on Long Island's southern shore, there was not a cloud in the sky.