|The Flight 800 Independent Researchers
Point of contact: Graeme Sephton
623 Wendell Rd, SHUTESBURY, MA 01072
(413) 367-2253 H, (413) 545-6504 W
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK CITY
Wednesday, 14 July 1999
An independent group of civilian researchers, known as the
Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization (FIRO), will
hold a press conference at the Long Island Marriott in
Uniondale, Long Island, NY, (just east of JFK airport),
on the afternoon of Friday, 16 July 1999, immediately
after the sentencing hearing of James and Elizabeth Sanders.
That hearing is scheduled to begin at 1pm EDT (1700 GMT).
James Sanders is the author of the book "The Downing of TWA
Flight 800". He and his wife were convicted of conspiracy,
in connection with the removal of a small piece of seat
material from the (Calverton) Long Island hangar where the
wreckage was stored and examined. New, independent analysis
of radar data from the crash will be released which
contradicts the crucial mechanical malfunction theory
hypothesis that Flight 800 climbed.
FIRO includes in its 44 members, substantial professional,
technical, aeronautical, engineering, radar and scientific
expertise. Most members have been actively involved in
investigating the crash of TWA Flight 800 for over two
years. In May they presented written testimony at the
House Aviation Subcommittee NTSB Reauthorization Hearing.
SEE TESTIMONY at:
Tom Stalcup, chairman of FIRO, will present information
supporting the contention that the FBI selectively
prosecuted the Sanders, ignoring similar, well-documented
actions, by FBI agents. The Sanders prosecution is consistent
with FBI efforts to suppress evidence of an external
explosion as the cause of the crash. Indeed, an FBI letter
dated two days prior to the Sanderses being charged,
effectively banned from the only public hearing on the
tragedy, 96 eyewitnesses who reported an object rise
from the surface, explode, and cause the crash. Also
banned were explosive residue test results. The FBI
continues to suppress this and similarly anomalous
evidence, while maintaining that eyewitnesses
saw the plane rise in the sky, not a second object.
Mr. Stalcup will present radar evidence contradicting
any claim that Flight 800 climbed after initial distress.
FIRO is dedicated to the establishment of an independent
review of all aspects of the official investigation and
dissemination/public access to both the process and
its findings. The American Public has a right to know
all of the facts.