New Photos Show TWA
800 Cover-Up Says
James Sanders
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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 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 towards 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 analysed 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 him 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 convictions.
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 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 event."
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, DC 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 their heads in the sand.
Sanders has authored two books on the TWA 800 crash, which can be purchased at's bookstore: The Downing of TWA Flight 800 and Altered Evidence.

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