800 Independent Researchers Organization
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dr. Thomas Stalcup, Chairman
Nation Regarding TWA Flight 800
Falmouth, MA July 16, 2003
Seven years ago this week, TWA Flight 800 exploded and crashed off the
coast of Long Island, NY. During the investigation, the CIA
created a video explaining eyewitness reports of a streak of light seen
before the crash. This video is contradicted by documents upon
which the video was based, but that were not available when the video
The video was shown during a much anticipated FBI press conference and
contained an animation showing Flight 800 climbing after it exploded.
The CIA's narrator said, "nothing in [the eyewitness] statements
leads CIA analysts to conclude that these eyewitnesses in fact saw a
But the witness statements are at odds with this claim.
Witness 73 "believed that she witnessed a missile, which had been
fired from a boat." She saw Flight 800's front section fall
away, as depicted in the CIA video, but only after watching "a 'red
streak' [that rose] up...and intercepted the aircraft."
Witness 88 "stated that the bright red object ran into the airplane
and...struck the plane towards the cockpit area."
These witnesses were not alone. By August of 2000, the National
Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released two studies showing that
over 90% of the witnesses with a clear view of the horizon and who gave
information regarding the streak's origin said it rose off the surface.
Flight 800 exploded two and a half miles up.
Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization (FIRO) believes
government officials should be held accountable for providing misleading
information. Like CIA Chief George Tenet's recent admission of his
mistake regarding the language in the President's State of the Union
Address, FIRO demands a similar statement regarding the now-debunked CIA
Tomorrow, on the anniversary of the crash, FIRO will be sending a letter
to Director Tenet asking him to explain the CIA's language in the TWA
Flight 800 video.
Formed in April of 1999, FIRO is a group dedicated to uncovering and
publicizing the facts surrounding the crash of TWA Flight 800. Its
membership includes former airline crash investigators, scientists,
engineers, and aviation professionals.
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