17th anniversary of TWA flight 800 Wednesday

10:19 AM, Jul 17, 2013   |    comments
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EAST MORICHES, N.Y. (KSDK) - Wednesday marks the 17th anniversary of TWA flight 800.

The Boeing 747-100 took off shortly after 8:30 p.m. July 17, 1996 from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, bound for Rome with a stop in Paris.

Approximately 12 minutes into the flight the aircraft exploded, killing all 212 passengers and 18 crew members on board.

PHOTOS: TWA flight 800 crash

The National Transportation and Safety Board launched an investigation which ended four years later with the Aircraft Accident Report, which was published Aug. 23, 2000. The NTSB found the accident was caused by an accidental fuel tank explosion.

Some people don't believe the NTSB's report, and believe the explosion of flight 800 was caused by a bomb or a missile. A new documentary, set to debut on Epix Wednesday night, explores this idea.

PDF: Read the NTSB's accident report

The 90 minute documentary, TWA Flight 800, focuses on six people who were part of the official crash investigation, who say the FBI tampered or withheld evidence.

TWA Flight 800 airs at 7 p.m. CDT, on Epix, and will be streamed online through EpixHD.com.

Information from the Associated Press and USA TODAY was used in this report.


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