New Theory on TWA Flight 800 Crash

    The recovered wreckage of TWA Flight 800 stands reassembled at the National Transportation Safety Board Training Academy in Chantilly, Va., July 16, 2008, where it is used for training new investigators. The Boeing 747 crashed into the Atlantic after passing over Long Island Sound and Long Island, New York in 1996, after a flammable mixture of fuel and oxygenated air caused a catastrophic explosion.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    Aviation investigators are lobbying the National Transportation Safety Board to reopen the case on what caused TWA Flight 800 to crash off the coast of Long Island. More than 200 people were killed in the 1996 crash, which federal authorities concluded was the result of a center fuel-tank explosion. However, new FAA radar evidence that indicates an external force caused the explosion has prompted the former investigators to ask for the case to be reviewed further. The NTSB, which took four years to investigate the crash, said it is considering the request.


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