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Briefing September 2014 Issue

Briefing: September 2014

NTSB: TWA Flight 800 Conclusions Stand

The NTSB in July declined a petition to re-open its investigation into what caused the loss of TWA Flight 800, which crashed into the Atlantic in July 1996. “Our investigations are never ‘closed,’” said Acting Chairman Christopher A. Hart. “We always remain open to the presentation of new evidence.” However, the evidence and analysis presented by the petitioners did not show the original findings were incorrect, the board said, and none of the physical evidence supported the petitioners’ theory that the streak of light observed by some witnesses was a missile. The original investigation looked for evidence of fragments from a missile warhead and found none, the NTSB said, and the damage patterns within the airplane were consistent with a center wing tank explosion.

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