Investigators Claim TWA Flight 800 Wasn’t Caused by Fuel Tank Explosion

The producers of an upcoming documentary on TWA Flight 800—which exploded and crashed into the waters off of Long Island on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 people on board—claim to have proof that an explosion outside the Paris-bound flight caused the crash. And six former investigators who took part in the film want the case reopened.

“These investigators were not allowed to speak to the public or refute any comments made by their superiors and/or NTSB and FBI officials about their work at the time of the official investigation,” anews release announcing the documentary said. “They waited until after retirement to reveal how the official conclusion by the (NTSB) was falsified and lay out their case.”

After a four-year investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded the plane, which had just taken off from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, was destroyed by a center fuel tank explosion likely caused by a spark from faulty wiring.

But according to Tom Stalcup, a co-producer of the documentary, the investigators “provide radar and forensic evidence proving that one or more ordinance explosions outside the aircraft caused the crash.” The film, will premiere on EPIX on July 17, the 17th anniversary of the crash.

Stalcup said the investigators plan to file petition the NTSB for a new probe. . .

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