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TWA 800 Anniversary

Hundreds of friends and relatives of the victims of TWA Flight 800 are expected to gather today to mark the tenth anniversary of one of the most mysterious crashes in U.S. aviation history.

The Paris-bound Boeing 747 blew up off the coast of Long Island eleven minutes into a New York to Paris flight.

A terrorist attack was strongly suspected.

But after an exhaustive investigation that included the recovery of nearly all the pieces of the aircraft, the explosion was determined to be accidental: a spark from fraying wiring igniting fumes in the center fuel tank.

Services are being held at a memorial built on the beach at Smith Point Park, New York, near where the doomed jet plunged into the Atlantic.


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