The Red Residue:
Obtained by James Sanders
A brief description of the red residue and its relevance to the crash.
The FBI and NTSB contend[1, 2] that the red residue Sanders obtained
was merely seat adhesive--specifically 3M 1357 adhesive used
to hold the seat fabric to the seat frames. The following compares
Sanders' residue with the above mentioned adhesive.
Elemental Analysis results of Sanders' residue and
3M 1357 Scotch Grip Adhesive.
Some have suggested that the NTSB did not send the red residue
to NASA for testing, but instead sent adhesive samples. The following
images are of the actual samples sent to NASA, followed by an
image of the red residue, tested for Sanders.
Images of samples tested by Charles Bassett of NASA.
Here is an image of the residue tested by James
Seat adhesive obtained from TWA
Kay Pennington has independently lead investigative efforts into
the cause of the Flight 800 tragedy. In order to check the government's
claim that Sanders' residue was adhesive, she obtained adheshive
directly from the seats of a TWA 800 sistership, from her contacts
within TWA. The adhesive samples were then soaked in Atlantic
Ocean water for three weeks, then tested at the NHMFL. According
to a TWA mechanic and Flight Attendant, the seats of this plane
were retrofitted with new fabric at the same time as TWA 800.
Results of these tests appear in the 'Comparison' above. The following
link shows two images Kay's sample which appears similar to "sample
2" tested at NASA.
of the Government's Handling of the Red Residue: By James Sanders
This report outlines the government maneuvering after the Press
Enterprise story broke on Sanders' analysis of the red residue.
Included in this synopsis are recent admissions by Dr. Merrit
Birky, Fire and Explosions Group, NTSB, concerning the testing
of Sanders' residue.
- 1. Kallstrom, J., FBI Press Conference, . 1997, FBI: Washington,
- 2. Birky, M., Fire and Explosion Group Factual Report, . 1997,
- 3. Bassett, C., Report 97-1C0154, . 1997, NASA: Kennedy Space
- 4. Shelton, M. and B.M. Hovanec, Laboratory Report, . 1997,
West Coast Analytical Services: Santa Fe Springs.
- 5. Salters, V., ICP Mass Spectroscopy, . 1998, Florida State
- 6. Stalcup, T., August '98 Phone Conversation with Merrit
Birky (NTSB), . 1998.