With Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
For the story behind the story...
Monday July 10, 2000: 7:21 PM EDT
New Photographs Show TWA 800 Cover-Up,
Independent Prober Says
Independent investigator James Sanders has new evidence that
could amount to smoking-gun proof of a cover-up in the
investigation into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800.
While on Long Island this week to interview eyewitnesses to
America's worst unexplained air disaster, Sanders tipped
NewsMax.com to his latest find - photographs of crash
investigators tampering with key evidence as they reassembled
the plane's carcass at Long Island's Calverton air base.
It was four years ago next Monday that the jumbo jet exploded in
a ball of flame off Center Moriches, Long Island. Hundreds of
eyewitnesses said they saw something streaking toward the
ill-fated airliner just seconds before the fireball erupted.
Sanders himself was prosecuted last year for receiving seat
fabric from the reconstructed plane from a TWA employee, which
he promptly had analyzed by a California lab. The result? The
red streaks on the fabric were found to be consistent with
rocket fuel residue.
When the government claimed the residue was glue, the mainstream
press looked the other way - denying Sanders the vindication
that would have rendered any prosecution moot. Both Sanders and
his wife Elizabeth were found guilty of conspiracy by a New York
court last April. They are currently appealing their
But after Sanders goes public with his new TWA 800 evidence next
week, government officials may find they have a lot of
explaining to do.
For four years the FBI and NTSB have maintained there was no
compelling physical evidence that showed the plane was hit by a
missile, arguing instead that TWA 800 went down after the center
fuel tank exploded.
But Sanders told NewsMax.com late Monday, "I now have photos
showing investigators in the process of bending the metal down
so that they could say the explosion was caused by an internal
The new cache of evidence sounds voluminous. "It's stacks of
pictures and documents, I think it must be about a half-pound
worth of material," Sanders said.
Next Monday, on the anniversary of the crash, the Association of
Retired Aviation Professionals is holding a press conference in
Washington, D.C., where Sanders will reveal the photos and other
compelling documentary evidence pointing to a cover-up.
If the photos are as dramatic as they sound, it may not be so
easy this time for the mainstream press to bury its head in the
Sanders has authored two books on the TWA 800 crash, which can
be purchased at NewsMax.com's bookstore: The Downing of TWA
Flight 800 and Altered Evidence.