Re: NTSB announcement regarding flight 800

Date:         21 Jan 97 01:32:27 
From:         "Mark E. Ingram" <markt@mickey.mo-net.com>
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The following letter appeared in the January 6, 1997, issue of
_Aviation_Week_ (page 6):

MAYBE IT WAS PERSEIDS?

I was interested to read in "Washington Outlook" that serious
consideration is being given to the possibility that the TWA accident
might have been caused by meteorites (_AW&ST_ Dec. 2, 1996, p. 19).
Because the accident occurred in late July, not long before the Perseids
reach their peak intensity, this might be a reasonable explanation.  Such
a finding is probably not very appealing politically, because it doesn't
favor any "fixes" such as increased security and/or aircraft
modifications.  It could, however, lead us to get more serious about
tracking near-Earth space objects, which is certainly something we need to
do.  It also might help increase public acceptance of the reality that
risks are an unavoidable consequence of our existence.

James R. Stone
Westlake, Ohio
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Somehow I overlooked the referenced item in the Dec. 2 issue of _AW&ST.
Could someone please quote or summarize?

Best regards,

Mark E. Ingram

MarkT@Mo-Net.Com (also mingram@mail.orion.org)