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Why the Experts Failed to Prevent
the TWA Flight 800 and How It
Could Happen Again
by CNN investigative reporter

Christine Negroni
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288 pages - Hardcover - Feb. 2000
Cliff Street Division of Harper Collins
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    Award winning journalist, Christine Negroni, has worked for CBS News, PBS and CNN.  Covering aviation at CNN enabled Negroni to get a first hand look at the interactions and the work of the NTSB, FBI, FAA, and Boeing during the investigation of the in-flight explosion of TWA 800 on July 17, 1996.  Her book represents a well balanced, factual account of the largest, but very chaotic, crash investigation ever undertaken.

     It seems another 230 lives were lost because of a fuel system design problem discussed and dismissed for almost 40 years at Boeing.  The 25 year old plane had experienced several electrical malfunctions which can be symptomatic of wiring problems.  Couple that with the airline industry's common practice of flying with the center fuel tank in an explosive state 30 percent of the time, and you have the recipe for disaster.  Even more shocking is Boeing's attitude and inaction to correct the design flaw that permeates the entire Boeing fleet from the 707 on up.  .  It's called "acceptable risk" by industry "bean counters".  This book will make you think again before stepping onto an older Boeing product where the wiring may be compromised and a single failure can cause a crash. 

     Even worse is the inadequate regulation from the FAA on wiring and known design flaws.  The military, on the other hand, has given high priority to preventing mid-air explosions.  Considerable effort was initiated in the early 1980's to install fuel tank inerting systems and solve faulty wiring problems.

    Deadly Departure will give you an inside look at the struggle between the NTSB and the FBI for control of the investigation, the problems experienced by the search and rescue teams, TWA and the response teams along with stories about the crew, the victims and their families.  Background on the terrorist/bomb and missile theories is explained along with details on the tombstone regulation policies of the FAA, the difficulties assembling the plane, the search for the cause of ignition and the dealings with the media, the politicians and the rumors.  Also addressed is Boeing's conflict of interest while participating as a "party" in the investigation as they gathered, rather than shared information in a forthright manner. 

    In the author's words, "If there was a conspiracy to hide the truth about what really happened to Flight 800, it began long before the crash, and it wasn't an effort to cover up action, it was a conspiracy of inaction."  In 1968, the question was asked, "Would the public, if given a choice, choose movies or a good fuel explosion prevention system?"  Today, we might ask a similar question:  "Would the public choose in-flight Internet services or a good fuel explosion prevention system?"  Incredibly, the airline industry continues to put lives at risk for the sake of the bottom line. 

     To read a statement by Jim Hall, former Chairman of the NTSB, regarding the final report on the crash of  TWA Flight 800, go to http://www.ntsb.gov/Speeches/jhc000823.htmAfter loading Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher on your computer, you can either print or read the report online at http://www.ntsb.gov/Publictn/2000/AAR0003.htm in PDF format. 

       Title: Aviation Accident Report: In-flight Breakup Over the Atlantic Ocean,
       Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight 800, Boeing 747-141, N93119, near East
       Moriches, New York, July 17, 1996 
       NTSB Report Number: AAR-00-03, adopted on 08/23/2000 
       NTIS Number:  PB2000-910403

Printed copies will be available from the Public Inquiries Branch (while supplies last), or for purchase from the National Technical Information Service.  See http://www.ntsb.gov/info/sources.htm for more information.

Written by:  Mary Kahl
Board Liaison - United 232
E-mail:  MKahlcul8@aol.com
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