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17 July 2006

Flight 800

Flight 800 went down 10 years ago. It was one of the more horrific plane crashes, as the plane split in two several thousand feet in the sky giving its passengers a couple minutes to contemplate their fate until the plane crashed into the waters off Long Island. There were also a number of eye-witnesses who claim to have seen something like a missile soar into the sky which then burst into a mid-air explosion.

During the "breaking coverage" when the crash occurred, I recall an expert (of some sort) stating unequivocally that this was absolutely an attack, that this could not possibly be an accident. Another guest cautioned that we really must allow the investigation to go forward before jumping to any such conclusion, but the other analyst was adamant. Well the second analyst's caution was sure vindicated by the subsequent investigation. Unless of course you prefer the conspiracy theory angle to this, in which case Flight 800 was indeed taken down by a terrorist's missile and the Clinton administration covered it up in order to avoid having to do anything about it (here's the last of a series published today by WorldNetDaily). The left-wing version of the conspiracy has it as the victim of an errant navy missile test

The official story seems reasonable enough to me. I talked to an eye witness once, and she believes she saw something like a missile fly up into the air followed by a huge explosion. But trying to figure out what's going on in the night sky is nearly impossible (as with UFO sightings) and so I can't put much credence in the eye-witness accounts. For me this accident reinforces how scary flying is - while the odds of being a victim are vanishingly small, it's a terrible way to go.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

At one point Boeing considered using the claim a missle shot down TWA 800 as part of its defense against the lawsuits from the event, though it may, in fact I think it highly likely, have just been threatening the government it would.

Boeing corresponeded with Bill Donaldson and his group. The missle impact simulations done by Boeing Phantom works had results similar enough to the damaged pieces of TWA 800 that Boeing considered them evidence in its favor in the event they decided to go forward with the missle theory as a legal defense.

You know me but I'm going Anonymous on this for my own reasons which have nothing to do with Boeing or TWA or conspiracies. But all the above is true.

July 17, 2006 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do I have to wait 10 years to bring up my conspiracy theory of 911?

July 18, 2006 4:30 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Well 9-11 conspiracy theories are a dime a dozen. Do you have an original take?

July 18, 2006 6:56 PM  
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