20th anniversary of TWA 800 crash nears

FILE - In this July 16, 2001, file photo, the seats, foreground, and wreckage of TWA Flight 800 sit in a hangar in Calverton, N.Y. The July 17, 1996, calamity was one of the most infamous air disasters in history. Some still debate findings that the Boeing 747 was brought down by a center fuel-tank explosion ignited by a spark from a short-circuit; a conclusion reached after the disintegrated jet was painstakingly put back together like a jigsaw puzzle. (AP Photo/ Ed Betz, File)

SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) — It was a hot, steamy night in July 1996 when TWA Flight 800 took off from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, bound for Paris.

Only minutes into the flight, the Boeing 747 exploded in a ball of fire off eastern Long Island, killing all 230 people on board.

Twenty years later, some still debate National Transportation Safety Board findings that the plane was brought down by a center fuel-tank explosion ignited by a spark from a short circuit.

Naysayers contend witnesses saw a missile hit the jet airliner. The NTSB has rejected calls to reinvestigate.

The passage of time has been a salve for some. Others will never get over the heartache.

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