TWA Flight 800

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Trans World Airlines Flight 800 (TWA 800) was a scheduled flight from John F. Kennedy Int'l Airport to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport on July 17, 1996.[1] The aircraft was a Boeing 747-100.[2] The plane exploded just 12 minutes after takeoff.[3] It crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near East Moriches, New York.[1] The cause was determined to be a spark that ignited the center wing fuel tank.[1] None of the 230 people onboard survived.[3] It remains the third-deadliest aviation accident in U.S. history.[4]

Trans World Airlines Flight 800
TWA800reconstruction.jpg
The reconstructed wreckage of TWA 800, stored at Calverton Executive Airpark by the NTSB
Accident
DateJuly 17, 1996 (1996-07-17)
SummaryIn-flight breakup due to fuel tank explosion caused by short circuit
SiteNew York Bight
near East Moriches, New York
40°39′N 72°38′W / 40.650°N 72.633°W / 40.650; -72.633Coordinates: 40°39′N 72°38′W / 40.650°N 72.633°W / 40.650; -72.633
Aircraft
Aircraft typeBoeing 747-131
OperatorTrans World Airlines
IATA flight No.TW800
ICAO flight No.TWA800
Call signTWA 800
RegistrationN93119
Flight originJohn F. Kennedy Int'l Airport
New York City
StopoverParis-Charles de Gaulle Airport
Paris
DestinationLeonardo da Vinci Airport
Rome
Occupants230
Passengers212
Crew18
Fatalities230
Survivors0

Passengers and Crew[change | change source]

Nationality Passengers Crew Total
 United States 125 17 142
 France 42 0 42
 Argentina 10 0 10
 Algeria 9 0 9
 Italy 8 1 9
 United Kingdom 7 0 7
 Mexico 7 0 7
 Denmark 6 0 6
 Belgium 4 0 4
 Ireland 4 0 4
 Netherlands 3 0 3
 Germany 2 0 2
 Norway 2 0 2
 Australia 2 0 2
 Canada 1 0 1
 Israel 1 0 1
 Japan 1 0 1
 Spain 1 0 1
 Sweden 1 0 1
 Ivory Coast 1 0 1
Total 212 18 230

Most of the 230 occupants on-board were from the United States, but 42 more came from France, 10 from Argentina, and 60 more from sixteen other countries.

The pilots on board TWA Flight 800 were Captain Ralph G. Kevorkian, Co-pilot Steven E. Snyder and Flight Engineer Richard G. Campbell. All had more than 30 years employment with Trans World Airlines. There was also a Flight Engineer Trainee on board Oliver Krick, who was starting the sixth leg of his initial operating experience training.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Board Meeting : TWA flight 800, Atlantic Ocean Near East Moriches, New York, July 17, 1996". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  2. James Sanders, The Downing of TWA Flight 800 (New York: EPinnacle, 2013), p. 15
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chuck Hadad (July 15, 2014). "5 things you didn't know about the crash of TWA Flight 800". CNN. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  4. Ana Borruto (July 17, 2016). "TWA Flight 800 Remembered on 20th Anniversary". Long Island Press. Morey Publishing, LLC. Retrieved December 8, 2016.

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