TWA Flight 800 Disaster Video Reinforces Missile Theory
The recently released video documentary, "TWA 800: The Search for the Truth," presents strong evidence that points to the possibility that a Naval exercise off the coast of Long Island, New York went terribly wrong the night of July 17, 1996 killing all 230 aboard TWA Flight 800 six years ago.
The documentary took the top prize for Television and Cable Investigative Journalism at this year's Houston WorldFest Film Festival. No TV networks, however, have been willing to air the controversial program, perhaps for fear of possible repercussions. Now this explosive expose of what took place in the days and weeks that followed the disaster has been independently released for all to see.
Eyewitness reports, radar data and expert testimony support the theory that the 747 airliner was in the wrong place at the wrong time when a missile was fired from a vessel close to shore.
Since the official close of the investigation by the FBI and the NTSB, the government has stood by it's story that the crash was the result of a spark of undetermined origin, exploding the vapors and breaking off the front end of the fuselage. Experts dismiss the theory pointing out that the color and strength was not consistent with the explosion of fuel vapors. Elaborate attempts to prove the fuel-tank theory failed. They had to use more volatile fuels than jet-A fuel to get any explosion.
The documentary was commissioned and financed by Accuracy in Media, a Washington based non-profit, grassroots citizen's watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage.
Roger Aronoff, writer and producer of Flight 800, has several previous credits to his name, most recently "The Clinton Legacy," a look at many of the Clinton administration scandals overlooked by Congress when it came time for impeachment. In this investigative report he explores a number of scenarios and is relentless in his "search for the Truth." "I wanted to produce a balanced presentation of the leading theories of the cause of the explosion that brought down TWA 800," Aronoff said, "and hopefully shed some light on what has turned out to be the greatest aviation disaster mystery of our time. I am satisfied that we accomplished what we set out to do."
Commentator and television journalist Reid Collins a 30-year veteran of CBS News and CNN, narrates this documentary, interviewing eyewitnesses, family members of victims and air-crash investigators who have looked into what happened that night. If an errant missile and the chase missile that was sent to destroy it collided with Flight 800 as part of a Naval exercise, it seems unthinkable that the US government would keep the truth hidden from the world. But they tried to discredit hundreds of eyewitnesses who said they had seen one or more missiles on a collision course with the plane.
The eyewitness testimony is compelling as the events of that night are retold describing the horror when the plane exploded and fell into the sea. Major Fred Meyer of the Air National Guard, one of five eyewitnesses interviewed for this documentary, tells what he saw from the cockpit of his Blackhawk helicopter. "What I saw explode in the sky was definitely military ordnance," Meyer said. "There were four explosions before the fireball." "The explosion of the fuel was the last event, not the initiating event."
Throughout the film there is footage shot at the crash scene and of the Congressional hearings and press conferences that followed, as well as at the Calverton hangar, where the wreckage was stored. Hank Hughes, a veteran NTSB investigator, is seen describing clear evidence that the FBI tampered with the evidence. Watching the video brings back vivid memories of the initial shock when it was learned that the plane had gone down, and the television images of the burning wreckage as rescuers searched in vain for survivors.
Many of the witnesses are being heard publicly for the first time. Despite efforts to share their information with the NTSB and the FBI, they were never contacted again or asked about what they had seen. Copies of the tape are available on the website, www.twa800video.com or by calling toll free: 1-866-4-TWA800 (1-866-489-2800).
Peter Vaka, Editor
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