Former TWA Flight 800 investigators want new probe
San Diegan among group of former investigators
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NEW YORK - Former investigators of the TWA Flight 800 crash off Long Island are calling on the National Transportation Safety Board to re-examine the case.
The retired investigators claim that findings were "falsified." A documentary on the subject is coming out in July.
The 1996 crash of the Paris-bound flight killed 230 people. 10News cameras were there in 1996 during the heartbreaking funeral of a local woman, Lani Warren, who was among those who died.
Initial speculation ranged from maintenance problems to a bomb and even a meteorite. Others theorized that a Navy missile accidentally brought down the jetliner.
The NTSB concluded that Flight 800 was destroyed by a center fuel tank explosion, probably caused by a spark from a short-circuit in the wiring.
The agency said Wednesday its four-year probe remains one of its "most detailed investigations."
The board said it would review any petition it receives from the documentary's producers.
A San Diego resident is among the group of investigators demanding the new probe.
"We didn't find any part of the airplane that indicated a mechanical failure," said Bob Young, a former senior accident investigator with the NTSB.
Young has lived in San Diego for 30 years and broke his silence in the new documentary. He claimed FBI officials dictated the progress of the investigation.
"The agenda was, that this is an accident .... make it so," he said.
The new film supports the theory that a missile -- launched from a Navy ship -- took down the airliner. According to the documentary, it was a scenario that had been mentioned early on in the federal investigation.
"We do have some information that there was something in the sky," said one official during a press conference. "A number of people have seen it."
Producers of the film tracked down these witnesses and claim their stories have never changed over the years. Rather, the documentary insinuates, it was the FBI who changed its tune.
"There were about 200 people that saw events in the sky ... that they described," said one official. "None of which described a missile."
The producers tracked down dozens of the people who reported seeing something collide with the plane.
No one in the documentary uses the word “missile” to describe what happened. But they come close.
Another former NTSB senior investigator, Hank Hughes, said this about the cause of the blast.
"The primary conclusion was ... the explosive forces came from outside of the airplane," said Hughes. "Not the center fuel tank."
The documentary, titled "TWA Flight 800," is set to air on the cable network Epix.
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