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Springfield, MA Federal District Court


July 14, 2004

TWA 800: Wreckage Missing, Cases Pending, Eight Years Later

As the eight-year anniversary of the crash approaches, the first piece of wreckage that separated from the plane is missing. Navy divers located and recovered this piece, which left the plane at apparent supersonic speeds, but the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) failed to list it in their official debris field map.

The piece was recorded by multiple FAA radar sites hurling off the right side of the plane just as it exploded, but it was never mentioned in the NTSB's final report. It landed more than mile closer to JFK airport than can be explained in the official crash scenario. See for more information.

Two FOIA cases--one on the West-coast in Los Angeles, and another on the East-coast in Springfield, MA--are making headlines this month as they seek tightly held crash documents being withheld by US government agencies.

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Unidentified Aircraft
The US Navy headed the TWA 800 recovery effort

Key evidence, confirmed recovered, now missing

July 14, 2004

Documents recently obtained under ongoing FOIA litigation describe how the FBI had a policy of withholding "suspicious" physical evidence from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). And today, a key piece of evidence recovered by the Navy is still missing.

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Unidentified Aircraft
U.S. Courthouse, Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston Appeals Court Overrules Lower Court TWA 800 Decision


In light of an "eighteen-fold increase" in TWA 800 documents released by the FBI during settlement negotiations, the 1st circuit Appeals Court in Boston vacated a recent Springfield District Court ruling that favored the FBI. The case has been remanded back to the lower court to "resolve the FOIA issues raised by Sephton."

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Probable cause announced at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on October 8, 2003

TWA Flight 800 Probable Cause Announced


Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization (FIRO) announced their probable cause determination for the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 during a talk at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on October 8th, 2003. The talk, entitled "TWA Flight 800 and Official Obfuscation" and sponsored by the student group "Power of One," contained graphics and animations that called into question several key findings in the government's official crash report.

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CIA Director George Tenet
CIA Director George Tenet.

Flight 800, Time and CIA Deceit


Seven years ago this week, TWA Flight 800 exploded and crashed into the Atlantic ocean off the coast of Long Island, NY on its way to Paris. It doesn't seem like that long ago, as many of us can recall witness reports of a rising streak seen before the crash. The case has been officially closed for years now.
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Secret Witness Report
From the FBI's formerly secret witness interview summary of witness #73.[1] Click for full page. Witness #73's complete file is now available at

Flight 800's Secret Archive


The FBI classified as secret, documents that indicated a missile hit TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island in 1996. Excluded from public scrutiny were FBI eyewitness summaries with detailed descriptions of an apparent midair collision. Hundreds of official interview summaries from 278 individual eyewitnesses never reached the NTSB in time for its first Flight 800 public hearing, held a year and a half after the crash.

A report that summarized the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) analyses of TWA Flight 800 debris "that exhibited possible high energy characteristics" was also classified secret. Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization (FIRO) member Don Collins obtained a declassified version of this report under the Freedom of Information Act.
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Missile Fence

Shoulder-launched Missile Threat Addressed, Seriously this Time


After the May 2002 missile launch at a US military jet in Saudi Arabia and the November 2002 dual missile attack against an Israeli charter flight in Kenya, US officials are developing a plan to deal with the threat to commercial aircrafts from shoulder-launched missiles (MANPADS). According to the Washington Post, "the highest echelons of the U.S. government are focused on the threat."

Official concern over commercial aircraft vulnerabilities to MANPADS has heightened recently, but it is not new. During the probe into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800, investigators considered a missile scenario. And in April 2000, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) conducted three live-fire MANPAD launches to compare the observations from individuals near the test launch site to those from witnesses to the Flight 800 crash.
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Hollow Fiber Membrane Gas Separation
Hollow Fiber Membrane Gas Separation. Full description available at the FAA's website.

Fuel Tank Inerting and TWA Flight 800


The FAA issued requirements for adding to commercial jets, fuel tank inerting systems. These systems replace potentially explosive fumes in fuel tanks with "nitrogen enriched air." Aircrafts of most concern to the FAA are those that sometimes fly with heated and near-empty tanks, where the potential for explosive vapors exists. Federal investigators determined fuel vapors exploded aboard TWA Flight 800 before it crashed in 1996.
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Shoulder-fired missile launcher found near a Kenyan runway (11/02)
Shoulder-fired missile launcher found near a Kenyan runway (11/02).

Kenyan Missile Sightings Echo Flight 800 Accounts


Two missiles launched at an Israeli charter flight in Kenya rekindle suspicions from 1996 and TWA Flight 800. Witness reports from both incidents are similar.

Ali Saidi (Kenya, 2002): "...watched a missile streak straight toward the tail of the plane, and then another, before both veered off before exploding."[1]

Eyewitness 73 (New York, 1996): "While keeping her eyes on the aircraft, she observed a 'red streak' moving up from the ground toward the aircraft at an approximately a 45 degree angle."[2]
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