posted on Jun, 18 2013 @ 06:13 PM
I am so glad to read this! Hopefully the public will know the truth that myself and many other's who lived on eastern Long Island in July 1996 have
known since that night...
I wrote this a few months ago but never posted because I haven't had time to tweak it to my full satisfaction, but given this new development I feel
it is appropriate to share now:
TWA Flight 800 : How Reality was Scrubbed from History
On July 17, 1996 a plane heading to Paris exploded off the south shore of Long Island; TWA Flight 800 is an event that I'll always vividly remember
because I was travelling with family and on the eastern end of Long Island that week.
There are two things about that night I'll never forget and are rarely brought up about TWA 800:
1. The plane scheduled to be following that flight path was an El Al 747 however due to a delay TWA 800 wound up being ahead of the El Al flight in
2. I was a major news junkie in 1996 and at the time really liked NBC News and was super excited that NBC and Microsoft were partnering on a cable
news channel. As a news junkie young teen, July 16, 1996 was a big day for me and I sat in front of a TV watching MSNBC's debut instead of going to
the beach. The following night I was watching the News with Brian Williams when the TWA 800 news broke and Brian took a Rand McNally map out to show
viewers the geographic location of Long Island (since MSNBC's own graphics department wasn't up to speed).
I was glued to MSNBC all night and will never forget the airing of an amateur video showing what appeared to be a missile soaring up from the ocean
and then an explosion in the sky. That explosion was TWA 800.
While many believe that this video was never broadcast, I know when and where I saw it (and can understand why I am one of the few given MSNBC being
24 hours old at the time).
I recently asked my Dad about the debut of MSNBC and TWA 800. In asking, I specifically didn't mention the broadcast of the video, just generally
what he recalled. He mentioned: Brian Williams Rand McNally map and the video of the missile impacting TWA 800.
Does anyone else recall viewing the broadcast of the video?
I was on the phone with my Mom last night and asked her about it and she also clearly remembers seeing the video on MSNBC that night and described it
in detail to me -- white streak shoots up in the night sky, there is a second where the streak pauses and then a huge explosion in the sky over Long
Island. As I told her, I did some Googling on Saturday to find news accounts or message board posts from folks who saw the video and all I could find
was articles discussing the bidding war for the video, that NBC/MSNBC won the bid and before it aired the FBI confiscated it. Keep in mind MSNBC being
36 hours old probably had a viewership of a few more people than me and my parents that night so the total potential audience is super small; right?