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Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by HomerinNC
No, I'm saying that the evidence that I've seen to date points to a mechanical failure. The whistleblowers haven't said it was shot down, and haven't released any evidence to show that it was anything but a mechanical failure that I've seen yet. Expert doesn't always mean right, but I'll wait to see what new evidence they bring to the table.
I've seen a number of mechanical failures over the years, including fuel tank failures that have led to crashes, similar to this one. I've read up on just about every major commercial and military accident that I could get my hands on, and while fuel tank failures aren't common, they also aren't unheard of.
“..This team of investigators who actually handled the wreckage and victims’ bodies, prove that the officially proposed fuel-air explosion did not cause the crash,” reads a statement by the producers of the film, which will debut on cable network EPIX next month. “They also provide radar and forensic evidence proving that one or more ordnance explosions outside the aircraft caused the crash.” However, the statement said they did not speculate about the source or sources of any ordnance explosions. Read more: www.foxnews.com...
Total Witness Accounts: 458
Streak of Light Witnesses: 183
Fireball Witnesses: 339
Reported Origin of Streak: 102
Originated from Surface: 96
Originated in Air: 6
Originally posted by drock905
reply to post by Zaphod58
Do handheld missile systems have the capability to reach 13,000 ft and also have proximity fuses?
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by GArnold
Because a shoulder fired missile doesn't cause the plane to explode in midair. It causes enough damage to make the plane crash. Even three missiles would be hard pressed to cause a 747 to explode in midair like that. They would have to all be targeted on the same area of the plane, and most missiles lock onto the heat source, and they are guided by the seeker. That means their impact point is random, based on where the seeker is looking. You can't precisely target an area. This would be the ultimate golden bb if a MANPADS caused a 747 to explode in midair.
Originally posted by NickDC202
So am I the only one currently watching the phenomenal EPIX documentary on TWA 800 that the news in the OP originated? It is outstanding and I'm only an hour into it.
Two weeks after the crash, the NTSB proposed handing the investigation over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as the evidence they had gathered suggested a criminal act had taken place and that the crash was intentional rather than accidental. This proposal was unacceptable to the Egyptian authorities, and as such the NTSB continued to lead the investigation. As the evidence of a deliberate crash mounted, the Egyptian government reversed their earlier decision, and the ECAA launched their own investigation. The two investigations came to very different conclusions: the NTSB found the crash was caused by deliberate action of the Relief First Officer Gameel Al-Batouti; the ECAA found the crash was caused by mechanical failure of the airplane's elevator control system.
Former investigators are pushing to reopen the probe into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of New York, saying new evidence points to the often-discounted theory that a missile strike may have downed the jumbo jet.