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Researchers file suit seeking data, information on TWA 800 crash
BOSTON (CNN) -- A Massachusetts-based group suspicious about what caused the crash of TWA Flight 800 has filed suit seeking to access data and information related to the disaster.
Dr. Thomas Stalcup, chairman of the Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization (FIRO), filed the suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Boston.
The group says it is "dedicated to uncovering and publicizing the facts surrounding the crash of TWA Flight 800." According to its Web site, FIRO believes the government's explanation of the crash -- that it was caused by an explosion in the plane's fuel tank -- is wrong, and that the airplane may have been struck by a missile.
All 230 passengers aboard Flight 800 perished July 17, 1996, when the plane exploded off the coast of Long Island, N.Y., shortly after taking off from New York's JFK airport. The flight was en route to Paris.