The Explosion of TWA Flight 800 (Great Disasters Reforms and Ramifications Series)

The Explosion of TWA Flight 800 (Great Disasters Reforms and Ramifications Series)


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ISBN-13: 9780791069080
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/28/2002
Series: Great Disasters Reforms and Ramifications Series
Pages: 106
Product dimensions: 7.22(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.26(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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Explosion of Twa Flight 800 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book, The Explosion of TWA Flight 800 is a very informative book about flight 800 which crashed off the coast of East Morches, New York. The night was July 17, 1996, the destination, Paris France. There was a group of students from Montoursville High School's French club that were going on a club trip. The 747 had 25 years of service with an excellent record, 16,000 flights, and in the last two weeks before the disaster the airliner logged 100,000 miles, and the flight with full of company personnel. When the plane went down just twelve minutes after takeoff, there were many detailed accounts of what happened. First to the scene of the accident were locals in private boats, looking for survivors, they soon realized they would be doing recovery of the dead as there were no survivors. Coast Guard was also quickly on the scene looking for survivors as well before joining the recovery mission. All accounts included something about the plane bursting into flames. After the crash little information was known and it would take three hours before TWA would make its first announcement. There were many different theories as too what exactly had happened, there was a theory of a bomb being on board, another was it was a terrorist attack, and the last prominent theory was that it was shot down by the government accidentally during a practice mission. The recovery of the plane would begin to recover and reconstruct the accident. The use of divers and ROV's would be used bringing up a bill of a whopping 8 million dollars. This story would be the biggest news story of 1996. Two-hundred and thirty people would lose their lives that night. Coincidentally it was the fifty-year anniversary of TWA's first Tran Atlantic flight that was also name flight 800. TWA has had a troubled financial history going in and out of bankruptcy; at the time of the incident in 1996 TWA was the seventh largest airline. The United States also represents one half of the worlds airline travel, which also carries the lowest accident rate. Many improvements have also been made in improving air travel safety since that time, but the skies are still safer than a car on the highway.