Date: July 17, 1996
Time: 2031
Location: Off East Moriches, New York
Operator: Trans World Airlines
Flight #: 800
Route: New York City - Paris
AC Type: Boeing B-747-131
Registration: N93119
cn / ln: 20083/153
Aboard: 230   (passengers:212  crew:18)
Fatalities: 230   (passengers:212  crew:18)
Ground: 0
Summary: While on a flight from New York to Paris, France, the aircraft exploded at FL 130, broke up and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island, N.Y. The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the accident was an explosion of the center wing fuel tank resulting from ignition of the flammable fuel/air mixture in the tank. The source of ignition energy for the explosion could not be determined with certainty but, of the sources evaluated by the investigation, the most likely was a short circuit outside of the center wing tank that allowed excessive voltage to enter it through electrical wiring associated with the fuel quantity indication system. To say that numerous government agencies acted strangely and suspiciously would be an understatement. A great deal of evidence was either suppressed or ignored. Rumors persist that the plane was brought down by a missile, either by the Navy conducting exercises in the area or by terrorists.

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