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Trawlers find more debris from TWA 800

TWA graphic January 9, 1997
Web posted at: 11:30 p.m. EST

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Four days after resuming operations, trawlers have brought up more debris from the crash of TWA Flight 800 and sent it ashore for analysis.

The Paris-bound jumbo jet blew up July 17 soon after taking off from Kennedy airport in New York, killing all 230 people aboard.

Investigators say the key to discovering what brought down the Boeing 747 could be any of the pieces still lying on the ocean floor. Among the parts they are looking for is the last of three fuel pumps.

Investigators have said they believe mechanical failure is the most likely cause of an explosion of the plane's center fuel tank. However, they haven't ruled out a bomb or a missile as the cause of the disaster.


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