The crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight Thursday in Ukraine occurred on the 18th anniversary of TWA Flight 800, which crashed in New York in 1996, killing 230 people.
The TWA 800 flight, which was ultimately determined to have occurred because of a fuel tank explosion, happened after the plane took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport. It was initially thought the flight might have been downed by a terroristic act.
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Even today, many consider it possible that TWA 800 was destroyed by a missile or rocket of some kind.
In talking about the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, CNN’s Anderson Cooper referred to the TWA flight as “shot down,” raising questions with some online.
CNN recapped the TWA tragedy, noting that many still question
whether the four-year investigation that determined the fuel tank explosion was accurate.
“A full four years after the crash of TWA Flight 800, the NTSB released its official report: It found the probable cause of the accident was a spark in the center fuel tank that eventually led to the explosion that brought down the aircraft,” CNN said. “While they offered their best theory on where the spark came from, they never found a definitive answer.”
Many spoke up online to remember the TWA flight and those lost in 1996 as the world learns the details of the Malaysian Airlines crash that is believed to have killed all 295 people on board Thursday.
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