Associated Retired Aviation Professionals

Letter to the NTSB from an Eyewitness

August 15, 2000

George Black, John Hammerschmidt, C. Carmody, John Goglia, James Hall
National Transportation Safety Board
490 L’Enfant Plaza East
SW Washington, DC 20594

Re:  TWA Flight 800, An Open Letter to the NTSB

Dear NTSB Member, 

I am writing this open letter to the NTSB Witness Group on behalf of all the other people in America who are sitting by watching how our Country handles it’s catastrophes.  I am just one of the hundreds, and hundreds, and hundreds of eyewitnesses who were there that night.  We don’t need anyone theorizing on the causes of the crash.  Those of us who were there remember all too well what we saw in front of our own eyes.  TWA 800 was taken from the sky by an assault of missiles.  From whom or why, I have no idea.  But this foolishness that the plane spontaneously exploded is not kidding anyone.  And in case you didn’t realize, I wanted you to know.

There are the over 755 statements from eyewitnesses who were there that night that tell the true story.  Add to that the fact that many other eyewitnesses are not even interviewed.   There is the fact that so many witnesses who had never met or spoken to each other reported seeing the same thing.   When I looked at a few of the eyewitness statements I was astonished to see so many other people whom I had never met reported what I had reported.  

Yet it was stated that people didn’t see the plane before the missiles – which is not true.  It was stated that people didn’t see physical objects, but rather ‘lights’ – which is not true.  It was reported that there is no physical evidence – which is not true.  Then there are the photographs – confiscated and denied.  It was reported (initially) that there were no military crafts in the area – which is not true and later admitted.  The list goes on and on.  Something was happening that night on Eastern Long Island – patrols, exercises, whatever – and something happened.  Just tell the truth.

But here you are, the group supposedly representing the Eyewitness testimony, and you have interviewed only 1 – 1! – Eyewitness.  You have also, obviously, not read the eyewitness statements objectively.  Yet you criticize their value and STILL don’t interview the witnesses.  And if I hear that you couldn’t find the eyewitnesses I’m going to laugh.  Just drive to Eastern Long Island, they are everywhere.  Or you could have put an ad in the paper.  We would have called if we thought you were extending an honest effort at finding the truth.

Yes, it is left out of many newspapers, but don’t think people are unaware.  Fortunately there are a few true journalists left – James Sanders, Jerry Cimisi, Robert Davey, and others – who are an honor to their profession with courage and journalistic integrity.  And there are a few brave editors with the willingness to put themselves on the line.  It’s a relief to know that some still exist.  Then there are the independent investigators working tirelessly to bring the public, which has a right to know, the truth.  In fact, I’d say you owe the public, the family members, and most of all the victim’s themselves, the truth.

We know what we saw that night four years ago.  Our families and friends know what we saw.  People we have never met know what we saw.  We saw TWA 800 assaulted in the sky by missiles. Even people in other countries know that a missile brought down TWA 800.  It is only here, in America, that this lie is being put upon our Nation.  Why the truth is not being presently honestly to the public is the real question.  

It does not take any great skills at critical thinking and problem solving to realize what is going on.  People know they are being handled. You should be ashamed of yourselves.  You must not realize that people know.  It is your reputation, your analytical skills, and your honesty that is on the line here.  

Integrity still matters.  Honoring the trust of the Nation still matters.  I am not too worried about the lies that will be told at the August NTSB closure meeting.  The truth is beyond time limits.  This matter will not be closed however much you want it to be.  

The truth will remain the same no matter how much time passes.  We will never forget what we saw that night.  Indeed, the World will never forget.  Accidental witnesses, average American citizens though we are, we were there.  The only question ultimately is, what will your legacy be?    


Lisa Perry

Cc: Associated Retired Aviation Professionals
Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization
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Village Voice
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