Ray Lahr's Zoom Climb
October 31, 2006
My individual battle to pry information out of the CIA, the NTSB, and
the NSA regarding TWA Flight 800 has been long, and lonely, and
expensive. But at last I have achieved a favorable judgment from the
federal court. Although Judge Matz emphasized that he is not expressing
any opinions pertaining to the underlying premise of a missile, he has
determined that I am entitled to most of the requested data and
calculations pertaining to the zoom-climb.
JUDGMENT OF THE COURT by Judge A. Howard Matz: Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA) shall produce to plaintiff the material set forth in
Exhibit A and the National Transportation Safety Board shall produce to
plaintiff the material set forth in Exhibit B.
Plaintiff may file a motion for award of attorneys fees and costs by not
later than 11/15/06. Defendants' response shall be filed not later than
12/20/06. Plaintiff's reply shall be filed by not later than 1/8/07.
Court will rule upon the papers without a hearing. Parties shall not be
precluded by the fact that they have approved this judgment as to form
from appealing any aspect of this judgment or of the orders dated
8/31/06 or 10/4/06 (See document for further details)(ir.)(Entered:
When and if I receive the requested information, I feel confident that
it will show that false assumptions were made regarding the zoom-climb
that was propounded in order to discredit the eyewitnesses who reported
seeing a missile. Namely, when the nose was blown off, the CG moved 10
feet aft, the aircraft immediately pitched up into a stall, and the
aircraft could never climb and then dive as depicted in the zoom-climb
scenario. This may be some vindication for this ALPA statement which was
included in the official NTSB TWA800 accident report:
"Furthermore, although ALPA does not doubt the technical capability of
the NTSB, we are concerned that this analysis was essentially
accomplished by only one individual at the Board, with little or no
party input or participation. It is a well known and accepted tenet of
engineering analysis that the output (results) can only be as accurate
as the input data."
Thus far, that input data has never been revealed. If it is released and
the zoom-climb is disproved, the government must then acknowledge the
eyewitness missile reports. Then the government must determine who fired
Against all of the rules of evidence, the NTSB adopted the zoom-climb
conclusion without providing any supporting data or calculations. It is
unfortunate that the missile issue was avoided by this zoom-climb ruse.
If the missile issue had been squarely faced, TWA might be flying today.
Instead, TWA took the fall for allegedly operating an older aircraft
with maintenance that didn't detect a potential spark. Nonsense, that
accident wasn't TWA's fault. We can't role back the clock and reinstate
TWA, but we can, at least, clear TWA's name.
We don't know who fired the missile. But if it was terrorist missile,
and if that had become known, the country would have been alerted to the
terrorist threat, and 9/11 might possibly have been averted.
The defendants may appeal this judgment, and if they do, it will delay
the final decision. I would appreciate any support that ALPA might feel
free to give. In my opinion, it has always been apparent to pilots that
you can't blow apart the center section of the wing including the loss
of nose and cockpit, and still have the unbalanced and critically
damaged aircraft continue to fly and climb. There was no zoom-climb.
Three airline crews saw the airplane explode and fall down to the ocean.
Someday, the truth shall prevail.
Sincerely, Ray Lahr
Robert E. Donaldson. All