Wednesday, October 17, 2007

TWA 800 - What Did Happen?

TWA Flight 800:

On July 17, 1996 TWA Flight 800 exploded in the evening sky off Long Island and plunged into the Atlantic, killing all 230 people aboard. What was the cause? Mechanical failure? A bomb on board? A terrorist missile? A missile of another sort? The wreckage was recovered from the sea floor and the plane mostly reconstructed. One would have thought that such a close examination would reveal the cause, but, strangely, this has not been so. Or at least, the official examiners have not told us the cause.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing a bright object "streaking" towards the 747, and said that the object altered course as it approached the jet. This obviously suggested a missile attack, and in the succeeding months this possibility was considered in some press reports (the New York Times, 96-07-19; the Washington Times, 96-07-24; the New York Post, 96-09-22).
But government authorities have strongly resisted the missile theory, attempting to convince the public that the cause was mechanical failure. On 97-06-03 Bernard Loeb, the top official of the National Transportation Safety Board, referred to the disaster as "an accident" and strongly implied that it was "the accumulation of combustible fuel vapors" in the central fuel tank which was responsible. Really? (See the Reuters report.) But what if the cause was publicly unthinkable? Would the media ferret out the facts anyway? In this case they seem to have shown extreme reluctance to do so (as in the case of the Oklahoma bombing). What if TWA 800 not only was blown out of the sky by a missile, but it was a missile fired by a U.S. Navy ship? There is evidence that this is the case, and it would not be the first time that the U.S. Navy has shot down a civilian airliner — recall the U.S.S. Vincennes in the Persian Gulf. (And by the way, it's likely that the Lockerbie disaster was in reprisal for the action of the Captain of U.S.S. Vincennes. Talk of "Libyan suspects" is just a smokescreen by the U.S. and the U.K. governments who wish to avoid publicly admitting that the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 was in reprisal for the missile attack on the Iranian airliner.)
If it turns out that 230 civilians died off Long Island because of an error by the U.S. Navy, we have here a case not only of government suppression of the facts but such a blatant failure on the part of the U.S. media to investigate, or to report the results of investigation, that it amounts to a gross betrayal of the trust of the American people in the mainstream media to inform them of the facts in a matter of major public interest (but this betrayal of trust is in fact constant, it occurs continually, and is not simply a one-time occurrence in this case).

Was TWA 800 Shot Down By a Military Missile?

In 1996 TWA Flight 800 was shot down south of Long Island.
The government of the United States, despite the embarrassment of having been caught in court rigging lab tests and lying in its reports, still officially attributes the disaster to a spark in the center fuel tank, while government spokespeople insist that the witnesses who saw a missile hit the jumbo jet are all drunks.

Introduction: The Crash

On the evening of July 17th, 1996, shortly after the sun had set, but while the sky was still light, a Boeing 747-131 jetliner, TWA's flight 800, was taking off from JFK airport on its way to Paris, France. On board were 230 people.
At approximately 11 minutes into the flight, the 747 was flying at an altitude of 13,700 MSL, or 13,700 feet above sea level. Normally higher at 11 minutes, flight 800 had delayed climbing to make room for another jetliner descending into Rhode Island. The plane was over the Atlantic ocean south of Long Island, New York.
Just as flight 800 received clearance to initiate a climb to cruise altitude, the plane exploded without any warning. Thousands of pounds of kerosene, dumped from the center and wing tanks, vaporized and ignited, creating a fireball seen all along the coastline of Long Island. Under the orange glow of the fireball, sections of the 747 tumbled into the ocean. So completely had the plane broken up that weather radar confused the expanding bubble of debris for a cloud.

Almost at once, eyewitnesses were being interviewed on radio and TV who reported that something strange had preceded the explosion of the 747. Witnesses, many on the ground, reported seeing a bright object "streaking" towards the 747. The object in question turned in midair as it closed on the jumbo jet. Witnesses reported horizontal travel, as well as vertical. The broad geographical range covered by the eyewitnesses eliminates foreground/background confusion. To be seen as being near the 747 from so many different directions, the bright object had to actually be in the immediate vicinity of the 747.

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The Associated Retired Aviation Professionals

The Flight 800 Investigation:

IntroductionCDR. William S. Donaldson, USN (ret.), challenged the official NTSB position on the cause of the crash of TWA Flight 800 in a series of letters to James Hall, Chairman of the NTSB between April 1997 and December 2000. During those four years, CDR. Donaldson worked with other Retired Aviation Professionals, including some previous crash investigators as well as persons inside the NTSB investigation itself. CDR. Donaldson has extensive experience as a Naval crash investigator and he and others concluded that the NTSB's explanation of the Center Wing Tank explosion was not credible. With the help of these other concerned aviation professionals, CDR. Donaldson produced an extensive report on the cause of the crash. The initial Interim Report was delivered to the House Aviation Subcommittee on July 16th, 1998. Since that time a great deal of new information has surfaced.

Information uncovered in early 1999 now shows that TWA Flight 800 could have been shot down by one or more shoulder-fired missiles. The FBI was briefed by military missile experts in the Fall of 1996 that Flight 800 was well within the range of a shoulder fired missile. The FBI conducted a covert dredging operation for stinger missile parts between November 1996 and April 1997. CDR. Donaldson brought this new evidence to the House Aviation Subcommittee in testimony on May 6, 1999. Unfortunately, the major media and the Congress are content to swallow the official line without question.


The Crash of Flight TWA 800:

Off Long Island (State of New York), July 17, 1996

Flight TWA 800.

A Boeing 747 at an altitude of about 4,200 metres (13,800 feet). The plane breaks into two parts. 230 fatalities including 42 French people. Three hypotheses are proposed: accidental explosion of a tank located at the centre of the plane, bombing, missile fired by terrorists or lost by the US Navy. The accident version is finally adopted by default. Indeed, more than 95% of the plane has been reconstituted after fishing the debris out of Long Island bay, but no (or too few) traces of explosive are found and there is no deformation indicating an explosion in the baggage hold or the passengers' cabin, nor is there any sign of missile impact in the engines or on the fuselage (although that point is highly contested by some private counter investigations). However, civilians, military pilots and coastguards testify to the presence of one or more lights going up towards the plane just before the explosion. According to the satellite pictures one light is said to have actually circled the plane before the fatal contact. Would it then be possible that a luminous plasma ball simulating a UFO hit the plane and caused the accident?

Another hypothesis suggested by Elaine Scarry, professor at Harvard, appeared in March 1998 in an attempt to explain the accident. This hypothesis, which is based on a study by the US Air Force led in 1988 by Colonel Quisenberry, indicates that electromagnetic conflicts caused by some military equipment sometimes triggered off explosions. For example, at the time of the operations carried out by the Americans against Libya in 1986, 8 planes met serious problems of electromagnetic interference, and one of them even exploded [TWA9]. The article of Elaine Scarry was welcomed by the experts in this field, whereas the NTSB was studying this hypothesis with the assistance of the Joint Spectrum Center and NASA without however reaching a convincing conclusion.

One is even tempted to make the connection between the crash of flight TWA 800 and the arrest one month before of John Ford, founder of the Long Island UFO Network, who kept on accusing the police of the county of having hushed up several UFO crashes in Long Island, including the one of 1989 that we have just mentioned. John Ford, who was being phone-tapped and was under surveillance by an under cover informant, was arrested for having intended to murder several local political leaders by introducing radium into their car, their food and their toothpaste (!), a subject about which he had just laughed loudly with the informant (he also promised to kill "that [expletive] president Clinton" but this charge was not kept against him!). The police force did find radium in the back of his pick-up truck parked at the front of his house. He was immediately imprisoned, not being able to pay the astronomical amount of 500,000 dollars required for his release. The local press largely echoed this affair, a true set-up supported by James Catterson, the District Attorney of Suffolk. Radium produces a slow irradiation of the body before it can cause a cancer and it is likely that John Ford would have had to contaminate many tubes of toothpaste during nearly 40 years before succeeding. He however is facing a minimum of 25 years of imprisonment, which does not enable him to appreciate the joke

These grotesque grounds for charge are thus immediately reminiscent of the debunking technique: nobody can believe this absurd intention of murder, which implies that John Ford is a victim of a plot to silence him and thus he is right when he says that UFOs crashed at Long Island and that the police covered up the crashes. Thus the extraterrestrials do exist, they fly over Long Island, and they are bad pilots (!). To extrapolate a little, one can today deduce that it is a flying saucer which collided with flight TWA 800, and that has done the trick: a certain part of public opinion understands thus why the CIA wanted to hush up the testimonies about the luminous UFO or UFOs heading towards the plane, since they can't afford to officially admit the existence of extraterrestrials for fear of panicking the population. We recall that on October 10, 1938, Orson Welles, then aged 23, had caused a panic in the United States after he announced a Martian invasion on the radio. This event is used as an argument by the ufologists in favour of the extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH) to justify the fact that governments cannot officially acknowledge the existence of extraterrestrials.


What happened to TWA Flight 800?

By Joseph Cafasso© 1998

According to FBI Deputy Director Schirillo "It was the biggest investigation in FBI History we placed over 1000 agents in the field"

Both the FBI and the NTSB have painstakingly searched for any and all new leads to help explain the explosion, with no end in sight and no new answers being developed. According to FBI Spokesman Joseph Valiquette, the Bureau remained "unaware of any new evidence that would cause us to re-open our criminal investigation." The only facts and questions that remain in evidence or unanswered are not the new ones but rather more importantly the old ones. If Jack Webb was the Chief Investigator he would want "Just the facts, Just the facts" from the FBI.
The US received intelligence reports that stinger missiles crossed the U.S./Canadian border prior to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
The Times of London reports that Israel's Mossad warned both the French and U.S. Intelligence agencies that an American Airliner would be a target of sabotage or hijacking by Islamic extremists.
Military sources note that both the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. military made changes in the flight patterns around Atlanta and upgraded airport security precautions nationwide prior to the 1996 Olympics.
The FBI received a videotape shot by a Long Island man four days before Flight 800 is shot down, Military experts agree it depicts a single missile shot out at sea.
A U.S. reconnaissance satellite is positioned to observe Long Island before Flight 800 is lost.
The White House immediately informs the Atlanta FBI Command Post, that the president believes Flight 800 was shot down by a shoulder fired missile.
The CIA sends the Israeli Mossad the passenger list from TWA 800 for review.
Many witnesses describe the stinger's burnout of its sustainer motor, a residual thin smoke trail to an impact on the aircraft's left-wing root. Of the eyewitnesses, a senior FBI agent is noted.
Military experts provide the FBI with the stinger launch footprint criteria for successful intercept of TWA 800. It matches the eyewitnesses' accounts.
Military experts provide the FBI with thermal imaging of a B747-100 aircraft showing a stinger or any other heat-seeker missile fired from in front and below the aircraft would guide for three hot center line air pack vents just below the center wing tank.
The Times of London reports a piece of bottom wing skin was found pock marked from explosives.
Two fishermen report to the FBI they separately and at different times found a strange looking small canister in their drag nets, both threw the object back into the water.
Military experts provide photos of the ejector rocket motor canister from a Soviet copy of the American Stinger. The fisherman it's shown to says the canister is very similar but not exactly the same. (When fired the ejector motor drops off as the missile leaves the tube). American and Soviet ejector motors are slightly different.
The FBI's Schirillo, admits in response to congressional questions that the FBI was unable to identify the closest vessel to TWA 800 when it exploded.
That vessel fled the scene at 30 knots.
That vessel was within the U.S. Stinger and Soviet MANPAD's successful firing envelope as defined by military experts when Flight 800 exploded.
The unclassified report prepared by China Lake Weapons Facility specifies four criteria that would be in evidence if a stinger or other MANPAD's missile penetrated a B747-100 full wing tank and exploded. All four are strongly believed in evidence on TWA 800 and are not otherwise explained.
The unclassified report discounts the physical evidence sold on assurance by the NTSB and FBI that there were no entry holes into the tank.
Military missile experts touring the Calverton Hangar three weeks before the FBI dropped the Investigation, find a large area of missing left wing root suspicious.
According to FBI Spokesman Joseph Valiquette the Bureau remains "unaware of any new evidence that would cause us to reopen our investigation."
Retired FBI Chief Investigator James Kalstrom in a phone interview this past October states that the suspicious surface targets were actually U.S. naval vessels on a classified operation.
Prior to the crash, two eyewitnesses fishing at the end of Moriches Inlet rocks, watch a black 30 to 40 foot long racing boat come through the inlet, stop in the mouth for a minute, then race away at high speed to the south east.
Twenty minutes later the witnesses see a missile go up from exactly the area the boat disappeared into.
Triangulation of multiple witnesses place that missile shot at the 30 knot surface track.
The 30 knot surface target not identified by the FBI was 10 nautical miles from Moriches Inlet when Flight 800 exploded.
A 30 knot speed boat travels 10 Nautical miles in 20 minutes.
None of these points have been answered by the FBI in any detail. For an investigation that has gone inactive, with no criminal wrongdoing found, it seems strange that the entire file is listed as "Secret." According to U.S. military sources the US Army Missile Command, Missile Space and Intelligence Command, China Lake Naval Weapons Research Facility, and the U.S. Air Force experts were canceled in the middle of their review. The reason given "lack of funding." If these experts were canceled in the middle of their investigation, then we can assume that the findings as reported by the FBI suffers from severe lack of proficiency and appear not to have been underscored. While the findings by the NTSB look more like a international fishing contest in waters known not to be inhabited by fish, rather than a air crash investigation.
The questions that need to be answered are not yet the new theories, possibilities or potentials, it's the old theories, possibilities and potentials that seem to have fallen at the wayside for lack of funding. It's time we get to the truth, there are 230 reasons to know. If it takes an independent investigation ordered by Congress to get the answers, then so be it. Better we know exactly the cause of the downing of TWA Flight 800, rather than unlimited fishing trips at taxpayer expense. We already have too many of those.
Joseph Cafasso is legislative director of the Associated Retired Aviation Professionals.


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