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TWA Flight 800 Revisited

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

A new documentary revisits theories that TWA Flight 800 was brought down by a man-made explosive, not mechanical failure. Kristina Borjesson, investigative journalist, director of the new film "TWA Flight 800", former CBS and CNN producer and editor of the book Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press (Prometheus Books, 2002), discusses her controversial new documentary about the cause of, and investigation into, the July 17, 1996 crash of the flight just after take-off from JFK.

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Kristina Borjesson

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Comments [12]

Jeff Zimmer from Queens

Everyone needs to take 30mins & skim the NTSB rept. There's a whole, very long, section dedicated to the possibility of a shoulder fired missile. It explains why the recovered wreckage does not fit that explanation (there was absolutely no high velocity fragment damage)

The guest states that the witness description "dovetails" with her assertions of an alternate cause. Again, the NTSB report lists all the witnesses, mapped their vantage points, and you can see for yourself that the descriptions vary widely. So widely that it doesn't "dovetail" with much beyond the obvious.

Before de-regulation, airlines bought new airplanes regularly (10yrs or so?) and manufacturers didn't consider long lifespans. They thought, for example, that you didn't need to check wiring unless you had a problem. When wiring gets older, and the fuel pump is INSIDE the fuel tank as it was in those early 747s, one cannot, as Nick from UWS states above, just point to what looks like a fuel tank success rate. A Phillipine Airlines 737 in 1990 exploded on the runway due to, you guessed it: a ctr wing tank. http://lessonslearned.faa.gov/ll_main.cfm?TabID=1&LLID=21&LLTypeID=9

After Flt 800, widespread retroactive inspections were mandated for these kinds of fuel tanks. Lo and behold, lots more potential ignition sources were found on all sorts of older fuel tanks... This was unfortunately bound to happen.

Late to discussion here, but had to correct some glaring errors.

Jul. 18 2013 08:38 AM

I recall seeing a Time Magazine article listing all Flight 800's dead. Such a collection of Gadflies and anti-government troublemakers! How convenient to have them all on one plane!? Five Arkansas State Troopers were flying to interview with Le Monde Magazine. About President Clinton?
Mohamed Samir Ferrat, an Algerian arms dealer and business associate of Secretary Brown, who was scheduled to accompany Brown on the fatal Bosnian trip, could have been a huge embarrassment to Clinton.
Brown had said before he died, regarding a possible criminal investigation, "If I go down, I'm taking others with me." How ironic! How did Brown get the .45 cal. hole in his head? And the lead snowstorm in his brain? In a plane crash?!?
The cub scouts were just collateral damage.

Jul. 02 2013 11:48 AM

BROWN'S ASSOCIATE DIED ON TWA 800 ...a CNN international report, Mohamed Samir Ferrat, an Algerian business associate of Secretary Brown, who was scheduled to accompany Brown on the Bosnian trip but withdrew at the last moment for reasons still unclear, died July 17, on the ill fated TWA Flight 800. Ferrat was initially treated by the FBI as a suspected terrorist in the TWA Flight 800 explosion because he was the sole passenger on the flight roster listed only by last name. The FBI, within hours of beginning their investigation of Ferrat, oddly withdrew, telling the New York Times that "Ferrat was not at all the kind of person to take a bomb on a plane. Nor was he a likely target of a bomb plot. U.S. government investigators have yet to determine whether missile, bomb or mechanical failure brought TWA 800 down, killing all 230 passengers and crew. "Ferrat, it turned out," the New York Times said, "was a wealthy and highly respected businessman, money manager and investor with offices and residences in the Ivory Coast, France and Switzerland . . . FBI agents learned all this without questioning Ferrat's family, friends or business associates, many of whom were gathered in their grief at the family hotel in Virginia." One source, who asked not to be identified, suggested the FBI cleared Ferrat quickly because they either learned of his connection to Secretary Brown or Ferrat may have been on the payroll of U.S. intelligence, possibly the CIA. Ferrat was also involved with Chadwick International Inc., a northern Virginia company that exports modular homes. Chadwick, Inc., founded in 1991, got its start, according to its chairman Ronald M. Nocera, by Ferrat arranging meetings with real estate contacts in Algeria. Nocera said Chadwick, Inc. currently holds or is negotiating deals worth $560 million with developers from Argentina to Vietnam.

Jul. 02 2013 11:21 AM
rose-ellen from jackson heights

A flare going up or coming down. When it happens so quickly and unexpectedly, can you really tell the difference from the ground?

Jul. 02 2013 11:02 AM
Steve from Manhattan

I have followed Ms. Borjesson's work on this film (although haven't seen it), and it sounds VERY credible and hopefully allows for a reopening of this investigation. The question is not that this was a terrorist attack, per se, but rather that it may have been an errant military missile or other US based "accident", given the military exercises going on nearby. This kind of accident has happened before and so is not out of the question, and this case has ALL the hallmarks of something other than the "official" government account. Clearly, the government will not wish to admit that their own military screwed up and caused such a civilian tragedy... They'd lose funding!! An independent inquiry must be opened.

Jul. 02 2013 11:00 AM

Chaffe IS detectable. The opposite of what the guest said would happen when chafe is "seen" by radar. Chaffe appears as lots of clutter rendering the inteneded radar target difficult, if not impossible to detect.

Jul. 02 2013 11:00 AM
Donna from Montclair

I was interviewed 3 times by the FBI and they were very nice and polite.

Jul. 02 2013 10:58 AM
Restore Sanity from Westchester

Guest: "Our job here is not to speculate." If this wasn't so cruel to the families involved, I would think this was a good April Fool's segment.

Jul. 02 2013 10:56 AM
J M

What about that Egyptian Air crash?

Jul. 02 2013 10:55 AM

Did anyone take credit for downing the plane?
I'm not sure I understand the logic of a secret terror attack.

Jul. 02 2013 10:52 AM
Nick from UWS

I have no doubt in my mind that the destruction of Flight 800 was a terrorist act, very poorly covered up. Think how many hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of flights made by Boeing 747s since their debut in the early 1970s, and not a glimmer of fuel tank problems in all those years. Just absurd.

Jul. 02 2013 10:52 AM
john from office

Brian, are you going to do a show on how the Bush administration brought down the World Trade Center with explosives next??

Jul. 02 2013 10:49 AM

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