Friday, July 17, 2020
Remembering TWA Flight 800 on This 24th Anniversary
On July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800, a Boeing 747-100, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Long Island shortly after takeoff from New York’s JFK Airport. The airplane was en route to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. All 230 souls on board died in the air disaster. Initial reports centered on possible sabotage or a missile strike. However, after a lengthy investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board determined that the cause of the crash was an explosion of a combustible mixture of fuel and air in one of the fuel tanks. The investigators concluded the blast was caused by an electrical short circuit that affected the tank’s fuel gauge wiring.
On July 14, 2002, the TWA Flight 800 International Memorial seen above, was dedicated near the Atlantic Ocean in Smith Point County Park. Two hundred thirty of our family members, friends, and colleagues lost their lives on that somber day. On this 24th anniversary, we honor and reflect on those who are now gone but never forgotten.
TWA Flight 800 Crew
Operating Flight Deck Crew
Captain Steven E. Snyder
Captain Ralph G. Kevorkia
Flight Engineer Richard G. Campbell
Flight Engineer Oliver Krick
Operating Flight Attendants
Deadheading Flight Deck Crew
Captain Gideon Miller
First Officer Rick L. Verhaeghe
Flight Engineer Douglas A. Eshleman
Deadheading Flight Attendants