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NTSB stands by cause of TWA flight 800 explosion

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The reconstruction of TWA Flight 800 sits in Calverton, N.Y., in a file handout photo.(AP File Photo/NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD) The reconstruction of TWA Flight 800 sits in Calverton, N.Y., in a file handout photo.(AP File Photo/NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD)
By JOAN LOWY
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board has denied a petition for reconsideration of its findings in the investigation of the 1996 crash of TWA flight 800.

The board said Wednesday that a team of investigators not part of the original investigation has confirmed NTSB's previous finding that an oxygen buildup in a partially empty fuel tank caused an explosion that destroyed the plane in-flight off the coast of Long Island, New York.

The TWA 800 Project filed the petition. It says a "detonation or high-velocity explosion" could have caused the crash. Among other evidence, the group cites witnesses who say they saw a streak of light that appeared to be a missile.

But the NTSB says none of the physical evidence supports the missile theory.

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