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Source: It's unlikely a bomb claimed Flight 800

November 4, 1996
Web posted at: 11:00 p.m. EST

NEW YORK (CNN) -- The chance that TWA Flight 800 was brought down by a bomb or missile is even less likely now that approximately 95 percent of the Boeing 747 has been recovered, a senior NTSB official close to the investigation has told CNN.

The official told CNN that "nothing tells us it is a bomb or a missile. So if you want to play the odds, what are the odds that it is a bomb or a missile? But until there is conclusive evidence, we won't rule anything out."


The source went on to say that officially, the NTSB is still looking at all three theories, but privately a number of investigators have said that a bomb or a missile is unlikely.

TWA Flight 800 -- enroute from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to Paris, France -- exploded in mid-air minutes after takeoff and scattered in the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island. All 230 people on board died.

The National Transportation Safety Board, the FBI and divers from the U.S. Navy continue to search for wreckage. On Monday, they began using fishing trawlers to drag the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to find the last five percent of the craft.


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