TWA Flight 800 Cover-Up? 'External Detonation' Caused The 1996 Crash, Alleges Documentary [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on June 19, 2013 2:15 PM EDT

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A new Epix documentary, TWA Flight 800, says the explosion of a 1996 TWA plane wasn't the result of a fuel tank explosion, as investigators have claimed. Above, part of the recovered and reconstructed TWA plane. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The 1996 TWA Flight 800 explosion was the result of "external detonation," says a new documentary.

On July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800 went down over the Atlantic Ocean after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, killing all 230 people aboard. A variety of witnesses described seeing a fireball surround the plane, leading some to believe terrorists had struck the plane with a missile, or that a bomb had gone off.

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After a four year investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that "the in-flight breakup of TWA flight 800 was not initiated by a bomb or a missile strike," Instead, they concluded, the crash was probably caused by a fuel tank explosion. The NTSB wasn't sure what ignited the explosion, but said that "of the sources evaluated by the investigation, the most likely was a short circuit outside of the [fuel tank] that allowed excessive voltage to enter it through electrical wiring."

But there is "solid proof" that this isn't the case, say the filmmakers of the documentary, titled TWA Flight 800, which airs on EPIX on July 17 at 8:00 PM ET.

"Of course, everyone knows about the eyewitness statements, but we also have corroborating information from the radar data, and the radar data shows a(n) asymmetric explosion coming out of that plane -- something that didn't happen in the official theory," Tom Stalcup, a co-producer of TWA Flight 800, told CNN.

In the trailer for TWA Flight 800 (below), one investigator into the crash says, "The very next day [after the crash], the FBI came to speak to me and said, "you did not see that, you saw nothing.'"

The whistle-blower team featured in TWA Flight 800 is made up of investigators from the NTSB, TWA, and Airline Pilots Association who are now retired. At the time of the investigation, the team was under a gag order from the NTSB, which they claim falsified reports.

The CIA concluded its own investigation into TWA Flight 800 in 2008, in which they found "with confidence and full substantiation that the eyewitnesses had not seen a missile."

The filmmakers have asked the NTSB to reopen their investigation.

"While the NTSB rarely re-investigates issues that have already been examined, our investigations are never closed and we can review any new information not previously considered by the Board," the NTSB said. "The TWA Flight 800 investigation lasted four years and remains one of the NTSB's most detailed investigations. Investigators took great care reviewing, documenting and analyzing facts and data and held a five-day hearing to gather additional facts before determining the probable cause of the accident during a two-day Board meeting."

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