"TWA Flight 800 broke apart and crashed into the Atlantic 13 minutes
after taking off from JFK International Airport in New York, on July 17,
1996. Two hundred and thirty people were killed. Before dawn, I was on
the scene, reporting the story for CNN," says veteran journalist
"It was tragic, horrifying, shocking. But what caused the plane to
explode is not a mystery. A history of similar disasters over 35 years
could have been used to forecast and prevent the tragedy."
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One of the worst disasters in American aviation history, the
in-flight explosion of Flight 800 was followed by the most expensive
airline investigation in history. But the crash is still surrounded by a
cloud of doubt, suspicion and multiple conspiracy theories.
In her just-released book, "Deadly Departure: Why the Experts Failed
to Prevent the TWA Flight 800 Disaster and How it Could Happen Again,"
Negroni reveals what the aviation industry has known for 35 years --
that confined vapors in the fuel tanks can create a bomb-like
But every time a plane blows up -- TWA Flight 800 was the 14th
fuel-tank explosion on a commercial airliner in 35 years -- the airline
industry has persuaded regulators to deal with symptoms and not the
expensive causes of the problem.
In this Sunday's interview, WND's Geoff Metcalf and Negroni probe the hotly
contested theories in an attempt to shed light on the real cause of TWA