Re: TWA 800

From: Ian Goddard (
Date: Wed Jan 05 2000 - 19:16:31 MST

>To: At 08:44 AM 01/04/2000 -0500, Robert Bradbury wrote:
>On Mon, 3 Jan 2000, Ian Goddard wrote:
>> At 09:22 AM 01/03/2000 +0000, Peter James wrote:
>> >
>> >He said also that had there really been the remotest suspicion of a
>> >causing the fuel tank to have exploded, every single 747 throughout the
>> >world would have been grounded instantly until the problem was either
>> >proven, and then rectified on every plane, or established to be unfounded.
>> >This was not the case. Not one single 747 anywhere was grounded for
>> >Why not?
>> IAN: They did check wires on many 747s under
>> the pretext that frayed wires may have caused
>> the fuel tank to explode. However, nobody at
>> the NTSB has been able to explain how wires
>> outside the tank could ignite vapors inside
>> the tank. The NTSB simulated the alleged
>> ignition by placing an igniter inside a
>> mock-up tank, and even then, to get it to
>> explode they had to add hydrogen and propane
>> to the Jet A1 fuel! Clearly, the relationship
>> of the NTSB's test to reality is about zero.
>> See:
>Without expressing an opinion one way or the other re: TWA 800, I will
>simply comment on the argument regarding the "would have been grounded
>instantly" statement. [...] IMO, this part of the argument holds very
>little water.

   IAN: Apart from Peter's comment to that effect,
   I would not call the "would have been grounded
   instantly" statement "part of the argument."



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