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NTSB urged to reopen review of TWA flight 800 crash

11:01 AM, Jun 19, 2013   |    comments
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Former crash investigators are urging the National Transportation Safety Board to reopen the review of what brought down TWA flight 800 in a fireball in 1996.

Former investigators from the NTSB, TWA and Air Line Pilots Association suggest in a documentary that missiles brought down the planethat exploded near Long Island and killed 230 people aboard. The plane was flying from New York's JFK airport to Paris.

The documentary will air on Epix cable channel on July 17, the anniversary of the crash.

But the NTSB spent four years investigating the crash and rejected the possibility of a missile. The board found that the plane's center fuel tank exploded, "most likely" from a short circuit that jolted the tank through wiring from a fuel gauge.

"The in-flight breakup of TWA flight 800 was not initiated by a bomb or a missile strike," the board concluded in its report.

Kelly Nantel, a board spokeswoman, said investigators would review any new evidence, but has not yet received a formal petition. Petitions are typically reviewed within 60 days.

USA TODAY

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