Jon E. Dougherty is a Missouri-based political science major, author, writer and columnist. Follow him on Twitter.
I hate conspiracy theories as much as the next person, but the
garbage being sold as “fact” by the federal National Safety
Transportation Board — that TWA Flight 800 exploded in midair July 17,
1996, because of some spark igniting an empty fuel tank — is just too
For four years this agency, along with the FBI, has routinely and
purposefully ignored voluminous evidence offered (or attempted to be
offered) by dozens of eyewitnesses who have tried to tell authorities
that something — something — streaked towards the airplane the
night it blew up, just minutes away from New York enroute to Paris.
Yesterday the NTSB said — again — that an explosion in the center
fuel tank is what brought the plane down. Investigators attempting to
gain credibility by agreeing “one final time” to an examination of
evidence collected since the disaster said it was “inescapable” that TWA
800 went down in this way:
“The bottom line is that our investigation confirmed that the
fuel-air vapor in the center wing tank was flammable at the time of the
accident, and that a fuel-air explosion with Jet A fuel was more than
capable of generating the pressure needed to break apart the center wing
tank and destroy the airplane,” said Bernard S. Loeb, director of
aviation safety for the National Transportation Safety Board.
Sounds convincing enough, doesn’t it? But here’s the kicker: “Loeb
said investigators still have not yet determined exactly what caused the
vapors to ignite, though they believe an electrical short was the likely
cause of the blast,” Fox News reported Tuesday.
In other words, nobody knows — but they do know, they say,
that it wasn’t a bomb or a missile.
Boys, you’re lying through your teeth. And how dare you people trick
the surviving families into believing your “big bang theory”; you should
be ashamed of yourself.
Yes, I know, critics — “Stop with the conspiracies already!”
Fair enough, but I suggest critics start demanding the same thing of
our federal “investigators” who, because of BS political concerns and
agendas, refuse to tell Americans what really happened to one of our
Witnesses who lined the New York coastline that fateful night four
years ago — including military veterans and some military pilots –
have consistently described the “object” streaking towards TWA
800 as a missile. There was no mistaking it, they have said; they were
sure. They were certain.
But the FBI didn’t want to speak with any of these people; neither
did NTSB. Why? What you hiding, gang?
It’s very simple for the officious NTSB to tell us, “Hey — we
found no evidence of explosives.” How are we going to know that
unless we’ve seen the plane and the pieces of evidence in their
entirety? And exactly just how trustworthy have the Clinton
administration’s bureaucrats been with the American people for the past
What about the radar data finally released by officials showing more
crafts and vessels in the area the night 800 went down than previously
admitted. What is the reason for that lie — you know, if nothing shot
this plane down and it just “blew up” because a wire suddenly sparked on
a plane that has never had before nor since a similar problem?
And what about the recently completed study showing that of 900-plus
aircraft from 160 carriers examined over the past three years, that none
had similar or even major fuel tank problems/concerns? Is that supposed
to be meaningless? Are the results of that study not supposed to matter
or be brushed off as unimportant?
I don’t think so.
In 1997 the New York Times reported: “Safety board officials said
their leading theory of the crash is that the fumes were ignited by a
spark of static electricity created by fuel leaking into the tank. But
they offered no evidence to support that theory and, in fact, they could
not rule out a bomb or missile as the cause of the explosion — two
other possibilities for which there is no evidence.”
What has changed? Besides spending millions more and adding a few
more years to the “investigation,” this statement — other than the
inclusion of the bomb/missile component — is virtually the same as the
tripe being offered by the NTSB now. The one major difference is, of
course, that there is some evidence of the missile theory — the eyewitnesses.
Worse, the government has been able to find the cause of all other
major air crashes but now, suddenly — mysteriously — and after
spending $40 million and four years, they just can’t seem to figure this
Last year I wrote, “Regarding witnesses — if Congress had been showing an interest in this case — Capitol Hill (and the American people as a whole) would already know that the prime witness was a guy in a USAir flight directly above — about 100 feet — Flight 800 when it blew up. They would know that this witness saw the missile being launched, then guided, toward the huge airliner. And they’d know that neither the National Traffic Safety Board nor the FBI was ever really interested in his testimony.”
TWA Flight 800 did not blow up because of some fantasy “wiring” spark. You can believe that or you don’t have to, but as for me, I’m convinced; I know what happened.