NTSB stands by cause of TWA flight 800 explosion

A 93-foot section of the TWA Flight 800 fuselage sits inside a state-of-the-art training facility of the new a state-of-the-art training facility of the new NTSB Academy May 4, 2004 in Ashburn, Virginia.  (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
A 93-foot section of the TWA Flight 800 fuselage sits inside a state-of-the-art training facility of the new a state-of-the-art training facility of the new NTSB Academy May 4, 2004 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/02 5:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has denied a petition for reconsideration of its findings in the investigation of the 1996 crash of TWA flight 800.

The board said Wednesday that a team of investigators not part of the original investigation has confirmed NTSB's previous finding that an oxygen buildup in a partially empty fuel tank caused an explosion that destroyed the plane in-flight off the coast of Long Island, New York.

The TWA 800 Project filed the petition. It says a "detonation or high-velocity explosion" could have caused the crash. Among other evidence, the group cites witnesses who say they saw a streak of light that appeared to be a missile.

But the NTSB says none of the physical evidence supports the missile theory.

 

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