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.