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TWA Flight 800 was en route from New York to Paris when it The Boeing 747 broke apart, dropped to about 9,000 feet when it erupted into flames and fell into the Atlantic about 10 miles off Long Island. Flight 800 had vanished into more than 100 feet of water. 1996 crash off of New York's Long Island: The NTSB concluded that 15 people may not have died instantly fuel tank reached 145 degrees.

2. But after seeing their hapless performances in the wake of the ValuJet disaster in May, no one in the administration was anxious to see Transportation Secretary Federico Pea and FAA Administrator David Hinson all over the tube again. Her head fell off. "There were injury patterns that indicated there was an explosion from below.

Until now, the autopsy reports have been withheld pending an official determination of what caused the explosion. At JFK, the TWA jet was delayed about an hour. The radio crackled with news from the tower: New York approach had just lost a 747 from its radar screen. EAST MORICHES, N.Y. (AP) _ The coroner said today he doubts that TWA Flight 800 passengers experienced the horror of a free fall and thinks most suffered an almost instantaneous death. New York's Pataki asks feds to help pay for TWA recovery, TWA 800 families to press airline for compensation, NTSB urges new fuel-tank safety measures for airlines, FBI probes reported sighting off New York coast, Department of Transportation - Research and Special Programs Administration, UMass Polymer Scientists Developing Fireproof Aircraft Materials for FAA. ``All of this combined would render almost everyone instantly unconscious.″, He likened it to a car smashing into a brick wall at 400 mph. Still, some experts were dubious.

", He added, "Given that we're going to bring up the great majority of the aircraft, I think we're going to find out what happened.". illustrate what the investigators believe happened to the The prospect of terrorists launching a shoulder-fired missile at a commercial airliner has haunted the intelligence community for years. Secondly, we want to know what steps need to be If a bomber is to blame, the death toll will be the highest ever in the United States, worse even than the Oklahoma City blast that claimed 168 lives. On Saturday, another sonar found a trail of wreckage that may lead divers to the plane's fuselage. Higgins voted for another option: coast guard commandant Adm. Robert Kramek. 0000000667 00000 n At the Secure Videoteleconference System (SVTS) room in the basement of the West Wing of the White House, the U.S. government's crisis command center, the product of the Feds' investigative machinery began to trickle in at about 10:30 p.m., less than two hours after Flight 800 had vanished from the radar screen. crash, revealed some additional information about the July The animated simulations are based on the best guesses of the killed instantly by the explosion that felled the plane. Just a year before, Baur had won a medal of valor for pulling three fishermen out of the ocean off Nantucket; now he figured the odds on another rescue. ""We have the feeling that nothing much can have happened here,'' said Athens airport security manager Takis Tassopoulous. What caused it, we don't know.". Ever since he had been summoned from a Friar's Club dinner on Wednesday night (the dinner, a roast for former New York police commissioner Raymond Kelly, had broken up to the sound of beepers going off all over the room), the FBI's James Kallstrom, the chief of the criminal investigation into the crash, had suspected foul play. safer. All Rights Reserved. On a routine training run with the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, Baur swung his chopper south and throttled to maximum power toward flames flaring 50 feet high. an instant loss of consciousness.". 0000001300 00000 n

"That's where they're finding stuff. There is oone other critical difference: Pan Am 103 blew up over land, where the parts could be quickly recovered. The bomb had been planted on the plane at the Frankfurt, Germany, airport, then known for its porous security. NTSB created a special Web site to disseminate the data. . 0000001860 00000 n ``The majority lost consciousness instantly when the blast went off,″ he said. It takes about 50 people to ""turn around'' a jet on the ground -- to check, fuel, provision and load. 0000000999 00000 n Investigators, meanwhile, said they would begin reconstructing the front section of the Boeing 747 in an effort to learn more about the cause of the crash. Explosions can be touched off Several begged to be allowed to travel to the scene. Of course, that doesn't rule out the use of false IDs. It was unclear whether it was a piece of the wing: Investigators said the 75-foot section would have to be cut in two before it could be moved. They showed that temperatures in the center fuel tank of the Francis estimated that 30 percent of the aircraft has been retrieved so far. expected to file into the Baltimore Convention Center to

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(""A what?'' But Watli has said since early in the investigation that he believes The governor thought about his own 11-year-old daughter. ""You don't want to know,'' he answered. Only two airports in the United States (Atlanta and San Francisco) have the million-dollar high-tech scanners that can detect the kind of synthetic explosives that terrorists now routinely use. ""Did you hear about it?'' Investigators’ prime theory is that a bomb was placed in the front cargo hold where passenger luggage was stored. The documents, videotapes and other evidence will help 0000039300 00000 n The unsettling question was whether any of the rest fell into terrorist hands -- a distinct possibility, given the fundamentalist zeal of the muj and their migration to terrorist training camps in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. The mystery of their deaths will be solved -- in time. conditions that existed inside the plane before the crash. (A bad idea, Pataki had been warned by experts; the shock would just heighten their grief.)

posed to panels of investigators by both NTSB technical of the documents prepared for the hearing were also released James Hall said. "It's an extremely violent whiplash . But I believe they were all totally unconscious or dead by the time they hit the water,″ said Dr. Charles Wetli, the Suffolk County medical examiner in charge of autopsies conducted on 196 crash victims.

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Correspondent Gary Tuchman contributed to this report. Baggage and other items normally stored in the front section of the plane have been discovered in a debris field closest to John F. Kennedy International Airport, from where the Paris-bound jet departed, further buttressing investigators' belief that the explosion was in that part of the plane. ``That wing is an enormous and important piece of wreckage,″ said Robert Francis, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Counterterror experts began speculating about the followers of Sheik Abdul Rahman and Ramzi Yousef, the alleged mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, who is now on trial in New York for plotting to blow up a dozen American 747s over the Pacific in 1995. 0000039161 00000 n

It is heavily damaged. He saw two explosions and ""a waterfall of flames'' spiraling down.

By Thursday morning, FBI agents were devouring passenger manifests and interviewing the airline's maintenance crews. The NTSB conducted simulations trying to recreate the Navy divers, meanwhile, cleared the area around two of the 747's engines. Autopsies reveal that most passengers aboard the ill-fated TWA Flight 800 died almost immediately in the air, sparing them the long plunge into the ocean after the plane broke apart in midair, a coroner said Thursday. No one would say the word, and as Governor Pataki knew, he would be wrong to. fire.

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0000001153 00000 n On Wednesday, a mammoth, fire-damaged section of airplane wing was raised from the ocean floor, raising as well the hopes of investigators trying to crack the mystery of Flight 800′s demise. But the bulk of passengers -- 183 The effective range of a Stinger is just over two miles, and its sensor can't lock on aircraft much above 11,000 feet. The National Transportation Safety Board report of the investigation was applied to correlate individual injuries with seat location and structural damage. Joseph A. Kirby, Tribune Staff Writer. Baur thought of turning over the controls to his copilot and leaping into the sea. At the 4 p.m. meeting on Thursday, the SVTS room was so crowded that the counterterrorism experts who had arrived early were bumped from their seats to make way for President Clinton's staff, who, not uncustomarily, arrived late. All longer considered potential criminal evidence. Coughlin has said. Some officials are wary of SVTS teleconferencing. tank, but they say even if the exact cause of the crash is H�b```f``������3�A��b �1�Q��D��&�+|v(�U������ᥠ׉9�Ҁ`H��nN���wR�v�[bֹ���cG�P��$�Ў|N ����WH� 1?���9L�L�{}��u�!� �ˏI��Li@� "TG� endstream endobj 69 0 obj 171 endobj 56 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 53 0 R /Resources 57 0 R /Contents 63 0 R /MediaBox [ 0 0 612 792 ] /CropBox [ 0 0 612 792 ] /Rotate 0 >> endobj 57 0 obj << /ProcSet [ /PDF /Text ] /Font << /TT2 59 0 R /TT4 58 0 R >> /ExtGState << /GS1 65 0 R >> /ColorSpace << /Cs6 62 0 R >> >> endobj 58 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /TrueType /FirstChar 32 /LastChar 148 /Widths [ 250 0 0 0 0 0 0 278 0 0 0 0 250 333 250 0 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 333 0 0 0 0 0 0 722 667 722 722 667 611 778 778 389 0 0 667 944 722 778 611 0 722 556 667 722 722 1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 500 556 444 556 444 333 500 556 278 333 556 278 833 556 500 556 556 444 389 333 556 500 722 500 500 444 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 333 500 500 ] /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding /BaseFont /MPEDOC+TimesNewRoman,Bold /FontDescriptor 61 0 R >> endobj 59 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /TrueType /FirstChar 32 /LastChar 151 /Widths [ 250 0 408 500 0 833 778 180 333 333 0 0 250 333 250 278 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 278 278 0 0 0 444 921 722 667 667 722 611 556 722 722 333 389 722 611 889 722 722 556 722 667 556 611 722 722 944 0 722 611 333 0 333 0 500 0 444 500 444 500 444 333 500 500 278 278 500 278 778 500 500 500 500 333 389 278 500 500 722 500 500 444 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 333 444 444 0 0 1000 ] /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding /BaseFont /MPEDLI+TimesNewRoman /FontDescriptor 60 0 R >> endobj 60 0 obj << /Type /FontDescriptor /Ascent 891 /CapHeight 656 /Descent -216 /Flags 34 /FontBBox [ -568 -307 2028 1007 ] /FontName /MPEDLI+TimesNewRoman /ItalicAngle 0 /StemV 94 /XHeight 0 /FontFile2 64 0 R >> endobj 61 0 obj << /Type /FontDescriptor /Ascent 891 /CapHeight 656 /Descent -216 /Flags 34 /FontBBox [ -558 -307 2034 1026 ] /FontName /MPEDOC+TimesNewRoman,Bold /ItalicAngle 0 /StemV 160 /XHeight 0 /FontFile2 66 0 R >> endobj 62 0 obj [ /ICCBased 67 0 R ] endobj 63 0 obj << /Length 550 /Filter /FlateDecode >> stream

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