TWA Conspiracy Theory Resurfaces, Isn’t Going Away
On July 17, 1996, 230 innocent airline passengers lost their lives when TWA Flight 800 exploded in a fireball while in mid-air. The unlikely (but not unheard of) explanation was that the fuel tank short-circuited, causing an explosion. But the conspiracy community believes that there are a number of “smoking guns” indicating this tragedy was no accident.
While some thought that a rogue meteor had downed the aircraft, in a new documentary, former investigators of the crash say they have the evidence to prove that something more sinister happened to TWA Flight 800, and that the government covered up the real cause of the crash.
Was it a missile, an on-board bomb planted by bona fide terrorists, a freak accident involving a meteor, or something else?
Those were some of the questions dumbstruck Americans were asking themselves after that horrific day in 1996. Four years of investigation proved that something more mundane had been the perpetrator: a freak spark in the plane’s fuel tank caused the explosion.
But six investigators involved with figuring out what exactly happened on that dreadful day weren’t convinced. Some 13 years later, they’ll be releasing their theories on what really brought down TWA Flight 800 in their documentary TWA Flight 800, which will air on EPIX July 17, the 17th anniversary of the catastrophe.
Hank Hughes, one of the people behind the film and a former NTSB investigator, hopes to convince the public that a conspiracy was involved. He says: “It was either a terrorist attack, that [the government] wanted to ignore, or an accident as a result of a military operation that went wrong.”
Families of the deceased, along with the head of the investigation and the lawyer that represented 130 of the flight’s victims, aren’t all welcoming the film and “new evidence” with open arms. They’re convinced that it was simply a freak accident, even if multiple witnesses recall seeing a flash of light hit, originating from the ocean, which hit the plane. Bringing up new theories disrespects the memories of their loved ones.
Popular Mechanics has even looked into the science of why it couldn’t have been anything other than a fuel tank accident, but some conspiracy theorists point to the magazine’s controversial 9/11 “debunking” as reason to ignore this latest story.
What do you believe? Was it chance or a cheap cover-up?
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