TWA Flight 800 Crash

8 July 2017 App Feed Mack Maloney's Military X-Files Podcast

The Mystery of TWA Flight 800 – 21 Years Later

Saturday, July 8th, 2017 at 9 pm EDT, Mack Maloney, Juan-Juan and Commander Cobra of Mack Maloney’s Military X-Files discuss the events surrounding the bizarre crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, New York in July 1996. Was there a bomb on-board? Did a terrorist missile shoot it down? Were UFOs involved? Or did the U.S. Navy blow it out of the sky? Mack, Juan-Juan and Commander Cobra join Agent X, Rob Beckhusen and Switchblade Steve in a roundtable discussion of various TWA 800 conspiracy theories. Investigative reporter & author Jack Cashill joins the conversation in the second hour

TWA Flight 800

Is There a Conspiracy Behind the Crash?

TWA Flight 800

Trans World Airlines Flight 800 (TWA 800) was a Boeing 747-100 that exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near East Moriches, New York, on July 17, 1996, at about 8:31 p.m. EDT, 12 minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport on a scheduled international passenger flight to Rome, with a stopover in Paris. :1 All 230 people on board perished in the third-deadliest aviation accident in U.S. territory. Accident investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) traveled to the scene, arriving the following morning amid speculation that a terrorist attack was the cause of the crash. Consequently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) initiated a parallel criminal investigation. Sixteen months later, the FBI announced that no evidence had been found of a criminal act and closed its active investigation.

The four-year NTSB investigation concluded with the approval of the Aircraft Accident Report on August 23, 2000, ending the most extensive, complex, and costly air disaster investigation in U.S. history. The report’s conclusion was that the probable cause of the accident was an explosion of flammable fuel/air vapors in a fuel tank, and although it could not be determined with certainty, the most likely cause of the explosion was a short circuit. As a result of the investigation, new requirements were developed for aircraft to prevent future fuel tank explosions.

TWA Flight 800 conspiracy theories exist, the most prevalent being that a missile strike from a terrorist or an accidental launch from a U.S. Navy vessel caused the crash, and is the subject of a government cover-up. However, no external explosion registered on cockpit voice recorder audio before power was cut by the exploding fuel tank.

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