On July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800,
a Boeing 747 bound for Paris, exploded shortly after takeoff from New
York's Long Island, killing all 230 people on board.
Despite a finding by the U.S. National Transport Safety Board in 2000 that
an explosion of the airplane's center wing tank resulting from ignition of
the flammable fuel/air mixture in the tank was the probable cause of the
crash, alternate theories still abound that have led some observers to
accuse the U.S. government of a cover-up. To these observers, there has
been no final explanation and they still look to an on-board bomb, missile
or another mechanical failure in causing the crash.
The doubts harboured by some news media, military experts, editorialists,
journalists, terrorist watchers and observers of commercial flight have
resulted in a plethora of websites and many books on the subject,
including The Downing of TWA Flight 800 by James Sanders, The Explosion of
TWA Flight 800 by Belinda Friedrich, TWA Flight 800: Explosion in Midair
by Michael D. Cole, and The Spark that Killed 230 People! by Dirk J.
News and Current Events #23
In addition to the TWA
Flight 800 story, other news of the
day from the evening edition of
Alberta Today, broadcast
July 22, 1996 include:
proposed rate hikes.
Alberta Liberals' budget is off by $1.5 billion dollars.
Interest rates dropping from 6.5 to 6.25 per cent.
Theatre Calgary is in financial difficulties.