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-- big story this week there calls for a new investigation into the 1996 crash.
Flight 800 TWA flight and flight 800 as this stunning new documentary.
Is claiming that that disaster.
Was no accident.
People on board died in the plane headed for Paris exploded in the Atlantic Ocean just after it left JFK.
Moments into that flight it was a stunning.
And then the NTSB.
Ruled that the tragedy was caused by an electrical short circuit on board.
That then led to the fuel and that caused that horrific explosion now seventeen years later.
Several of the leading investigators in this case who worked on who tried to reassemble the plan to figure out what happened.
Have broken their silence on what they think really happened it.
There was a structural piece of that aircraft -- on them more and they had three holes.
Blown through it like 122 through a tin can with an obvious.
Entrance and exit side of the penetration.
I was about to take a picture of it and somebody tapped me on the shoulder and said don't take that picture and I said well we're unit coming -- the -- -- -- -- FBI.
Because -- -- not to take a picture that part.
He looked around the hangar and found other parts with similar holes.
And you know I'm looking at this and I just don't know how these Kurt -- normally in a fire what would your analysis and that the primary.
Primary conclusion was.
-- the explosive forces came from outside the airplane.
Not to Satterfield and.
-- it's -- a young is a former senior TWA investigator.
Who is featured in this documentary and he's calling for new investigation that's the goal of this whole thing Bob welcome good to have you here this morning.
So thank you you all worked on this.
This -- has this been eating away -- for seventeen years and if so why do you all come forward sooner.
Well it's it's certainly has in.
First of all during during the investigation were not allowed to speak outside the investigation.
And secondly after after the investigation finished.
We were acquired by American Airlines -- and I retired and basically the investigation kind of fell fell.
By the wayside more or less it it was completed and many things were happening and basically.
Up until this time I didn't think that.
Speaking out publicly would would have any effect let's I do believe now that we've got to synergy with.
Doctor stock up and Hank Hughes from the NTSB.
And Jim -- from the airline pilots association.
And I think now is the time to.
Clarify this and with our petition we filed with the ESP.
The ball is in their court do respond to our concerns.
Well there's some stunning instances in this people witnesses who were on the ground one -- I -- was on a plane it was flying you know alongside her or nearby.
And they say that they saw something shooting up from the ground toward that plane.
That caused that impact but you know there's another guy who worked with you all John -- Who was part of that five person NTSB team you know him.
I do okay.
He says that that the report on how the plane fell apart none of it supports -- missile none of that.
He says when you look at the physical evidence inside the tank it is clear that the explosion in the -- was inside the fuel tank.
If the top of the -- goes up in the bottom of the tank goes down in the forward side goes back in the back of the tank goes back and tells you basically the explosion came.
From the inside how is his version of this so very different from yours and the others.
Well first of all the during the break up of the airplane.
They did they senator tank probably did.
Have an explosive.
Event occur as the airplane broke up.
Hypothesis are are are.
Contention is that that the center tank was not the initiating event.
-- -- the next question is why.
I mean why would someone from the FBI tapped -- -- investigators on the shoulder and say hey no -- no pictures of that why.
While we were never allowed to take pictures and -- -- out FBI approval this is a very and usually aren't in normal NTSB investigations.
Treated it as it as a criminal event for the whole time that they were in charge of the hangar which was about fifteen month.
So what's the motivation I mean you must have thought about this over these seventeen years.
And you must have some idea about why I mean Jintao Strom I I heard him speak.
Yesterday -- and he's gonna speak he's the FBI assistant director at the time.
He's gonna speak coming up later in the show he -- you know I lost a friend of mine's wife was killed on that plane nobody wanted to know the answer more and -- -- we pursued the missile issue.
In and out and every which way on this what do you say that.
Well initially FBI I was very sure that they had a terrorist event on their hands.
After the yet.
The fall of 1996.
They began to feel that that there may be another another possibility.
It was during this time that they had the CIA do an analysis for them.
And that -- -- CIA came up with their resume climb that you've probably seen.
Quite frankly did not happen and so -- Do you get -- happened because they're saying -- explanation for why people on the ground saw something that look like a missile because essentially what they were seeing.
Was part of the plan that explosion had already happened.
Well -- the fact it matters if you know you if you if you've seen the documentary which anatomy have.
So our witnesses are are very clear about the fact that what they saw.
Emanating from the surface and the airplane was at thirteen thousand feet at that at the time the event occurred.
And there's no way that it could emanate from the surface and be at thirteen thousand.
Feel like I ask you this again why would the FBI why would the CIA want to cover this up why.
But again I kind of I don't like to speculate on the higher are.
Submission to the NTSB has several different questions like why no witnesses were open soon.
Allowed to testify at -- that you NTSB hearings when we had such a large body of witnesses that lets -- some.
Events in the sky but -- at the end of the day it's.
Up to the NTSB to respond to our submission for our.
Partition for reconsideration.
And answer some of these questions.
-- young thank you it is quite a story and very important to re address good to have you here -- -- Thank you for having me.
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