Documentary reopens questions about crash of TWA Flight 800

June 19, 2013 at 8:04 AM
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NEW YORK, June 19 (UPI) -- Producers of a documentary on the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, N.Y., will petition to have the investigation reopened, their publicists said.

The documentary, debuting next month on the 17th anniversary of the explosion and crash, attempts to disprove it was an accident, CNN reported.

Six members of the investigation team, including senior investigator Hank Hughes, "break their silence" on the cause of the explosion, the publicists said.

A news release about the documentary said at the time of the investigation, the six team members were not allowed to speak to the public or contradict any comments made by their superiors.

"They waited until after their retirement to reveal how the official conclusion by the [National Transportation Safety Board] was falsified and lay out their case," the news release said.

The NTSB ruled the explosion that brought down Flight 800 was caused by an electrical short.

Scores of witnesses observed a streak of light and a fireball in the sky, giving rise to suspicions that terrorists struck the plane with a rocket.

Producers of the documentary said evidence proves "one or more ordnance explosions outside the aircraft caused the crash."

All 230 people aboard died when the plane exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport on a flight to Paris.

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