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Seventeen years ago, TWA Flight 800 crashed off Long Island, killing all 230 people aboard. The official government investigation blamed mechanical failure, but now a group of former investigators are petitioning the National Transportation Safety Board to reopen the probe, saying the original report was falsified. Was the plane accidentally shot down by the U.S. Navy conducting a nearby exercise, or was it a terrorist attack? We speak to the filmmakers behind a new documentary on the crash, "TWA Flight 800," former CBS News producer Kristina Borjesson and Tom Stalcup, a physicist and co-founder of Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization. We also play an extended excerpt of the film "Shadows of Liberty," which also explores the controversy.
Great catch and good topic to reconsider.
I'd throw another thought on the fire like a log to ponder.
I came to understand that at least earlier series of the Stinger man-portable Anti-Air missile had a very special feature to it. It may not be that way now..I just don't know. I know what I read and heard many years ago...
The special feature, as I understood it, was the ability to launch with an unprimed/unarmed warhead by design. The end result? It's not a missile anymore ...it's a rocket assisted bullet of BIG caliber.
So..what would it look like if a missile in kinetic mode punched an Airliner through and through, passing through some nasty things as it went? Might look a lot like TWA 800..huh?
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I gotta mention on this.. Disregard all I said above for an alternative firing mode for the Stinger. I'm digging into the field manuals and training material for the system circa mid 80's and not finding it. I'm 99% certain it was as I described for the demo I saw. I recall precisely which switch is supposed to disarm the explosive warhead for a kinetic shot ..
Still.. 99.99999% is still not sure and without proof I thought I'd easily find? Well.... It's opinion and bad form. So never mind.. I appear to have been wrong here. Heck.. it happens..