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   Vol. 20 No. 28
Tuesday July 20, 2021
Never Forget Flight 800
TWA Flight 800 Memorial

     Twenty-five years ago on July 17, 1996, 230 people were lost when Trans World Airlines Flight 800 bound for Paris from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New Yok City exploded above East Moriches, Long Island and fell into the Atlantic Ocean.
     More than 200 people gathered in Smith Point County Park near the crash site where a black tablet wall inscribed with the names of all those aboard the doomed aircraft commemorates those lost.
     Included were family members, former TWA employees and retired government officials.
     The TWA crash, perhaps like no other, for many Americans has lingered in memory for the pain and suffering it caused. It also brought to light the need for caring and consoling of friends and families of victims.
     Recently word came that The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is seeking a contractor to remove the reconstructed remains of the B747 that has sat in a Hangar on Long Island since the crash.
     Eventually the more than 1,600 pieces will be melted or shredded.
     "There will be no remnant of the wreckage that is identifiable as a piece of the wreckage," NTSB said.
     The families of the 230 people aboard the plane had been promised, that once the investigations were concluded, no piece of the aircraft would be exhibited or used in ways disrespectful to the memories of the dead.
     NTSB, according to a story in New York Newsday, is planning to seek proposals for the display of a three-dimensional electronic model of the reconstruction built by investigators that still reportedly sits in a rented suburban Virginia warehouse.
     We wonder if the Long Island Cradle of Aviation might be interested in obtaining the model?
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