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Wreckage of fatal TWA Flight 800 to be destroyed 25 years after crash

The wreckage of TWA Flight 800 is about to be destroyed — practically 25 years after the doomed plane crashed off the coast of Lengthy Island, killing all 230 folks on board.

For the final twenty years, the reconstructed Boeing 747 has been housed in a Virginia hangar and utilized by the Nationwide Transportation Security Board as a coaching device for accident investigators.

However the federal company on Monday introduced it deliberate to decommission and destroy the wreckage, as its lease on the 30,000-square-foot Ashburn warehouse is about to expire. 

“Advances in investigative methods comparable to 3-D scanning and drone imagery reduce the relevance of the large-scale reconstruction in educating fashionable investigative methods,” the NTBS added.

The airplane exploded over the Atlantic Ocean off of East Moriches at 8:31 p.m. on July 17, 1996, some 12 minutes after it took off from JFK Airport on a visit to Paris. 

The partially reconstructed wreckage of TWA Flight 800 in a hanger at the National Transportation Safety Board.
“Advances in investigative methods comparable to 3-D scanning and drone imagery reduce the relevance of the large-scale reconstruction in educating fashionable investigative methods,” the NTBS mentioned.
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It took weeks for investigators to pull items of the wreck from the waters earlier than meticulously placing it again collectively.

The following 4 year-long probe was one of probably the most difficult and costly in aviation historical past.

“The investigation of the crash of TWA Flight 800 is a seminal second in aviation security historical past,” NTSB Managing Director Sharon Bryson mentioned in a press release.

It resulted within the company issuing new security suggestions “that basically modified the best way plane are designed,” Bryson mentioned.

Wreckage from TWA flight 800.
Wreckage from TWA Flight 800.
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Investigators decided that the tragedy was seemingly triggered an explosion within the heart wing gasoline tank. Proof confirmed the blast was the end result of {an electrical} failure that ignited the flammable gasoline/air combination within the tank.

The NTSB then used the reconstructed wreck as a educating device, coaching a mean of 2,622 college students, together with investigators and workers, yearly between 2015 and 2019 alone.

The company mentioned it plans to cease utilizing the reconstruction as of July 7 — lower than two weeks earlier than the 25th anniversary of the crash.

It is going to then “completely doc” it utilizing 3-D scanning methods and “the scanned knowledge will be archived for historic functions,” the company mentioned.

As half of an settlement with the households of the victims, the wreckage was solely ever used as a coaching implement and by no means exhibited for public show.

“To honor this settlement made with the households of the victims of TWA Flight 800, the NTSB will work carefully with a federal authorities contractor to dismantle the reconstruction and destroy the wreckage.”

TWA Flight 800 International Memorial Park at Smiths Point Park in Suffolk County Long Island.
TWA Flight 800 Worldwide Memorial Park at Smiths Level Park in Suffolk County Lengthy Island.
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