Date: 18 Aug 98 01:04:46 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (D.M.Procida) Organization: Posted through the Joint Cardiff Computing Service, Wales, UK References: 1 Followups: 1
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WSherr6080 <email@example.com> wrote: > Graphics of the debris field appearing in "Newsday" and the "Press > Enterprise" newspapers, based on NTSB specifications of the FDR > readouts; and the NTSB simulations of the accident, indicate an initial > breakup prior to the explosion. A streaming fire from the lower > fuselage appears at the same time and 4 seconds later the explosion > occurs and the forward 70 feet of the aircraft nose structure is severed > from the fuselage. This flame front is the probable ignition source for > the center fuel tank. I watched an episode of the Channel 4 (UK) programme "Black Box" devoted to the TWA 800 disaster a couple of weeks ago. Most chilling of all the chilling things it recounted was how the plane - it is believed - broke up. The forward part of the fuselage was severed by the explosion, and plummeted towards the earth. The remainder of the plane shot up like a rocket, streaming flames. Its parabolic trajectory brought it to earth only after a relatively long time minutes, if I remember correctly. Those in the rear of the plane, like the wife and daughters of a man interviewed for the programme, were in all probability aware of what was happening. Daniele -- "...the so-called support act, The Awkward Moments, climbed onstage unsmilingly, not even looking at the audience. They only played one song: "Autobahn". In German. For twenty minutes. Then they swaggered off, not once having acknowledged the crowd. Conceited arrogant swine."