TWA 800 radar photos from Paris Match via Pierre Salinger

Date:         20 Mar 97 02:34:57 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
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Despite all the talk about radar screen images which allegedly prove
that TWA 800 was shot down by a missile, there's been a noticeable
lack of the actual images.  They're now on the web at

I only have two comments (so far).  First, Heavy does not indicate a
cargo aircraft, a minor quibble.  Second, they say

   Another source of embarrassment for the Navy - circled in blue, a
   Navy helicopter emerges on the scene of the drama less than 2 minutes
   after the explosion, even though J.F.K. air traffic control hasn't
   given the emergency alert yet.

If this is the chopper I'm aware of, the pilots saw the explosion and
went to investigate.  They didn't need JFK (actually, at that point,
was't TWA 800 under the control of Boston Center?) or anyone else to
*tell* them that something had happened.  It would have been a source
of embarrassment for the Navy (actually National Guard, I believe) if
they had observed such an event and *not* gone to investigate and
render whatever assistance they might have been able to provide.

Perhaps some of our readers who spend their workdays looking at radar
screens can comment on the images with some authority.

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