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FBI probes reported sighting off New York coast

graphic December 12, 1996
Web posted at: 11:50 p.m. EST

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A Saudi Arabian Airlines crew reported sighting a bright greenish object streaking by their plane as it approached Kennedy Airport Thursday morning.

The FBI investigated the report for clues in the still-unsolved crash of TWA Flight 800, but found nothing "of great concern." The possibility that a missile brought down the TWA Flight 800 is still being considered by crash investigators, despite lack of physical evidence.

The Saudi jetliner, like the TWA plane, was a Boeing 747. It was approaching Kennedy airport at about 12,000 feet when the object appeared on radar. At least one crew member saw the object from the cockpit window for about two seconds.

The FBI said the sighting can probably be attributed to a meteor shower under way.

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