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November 3, 1999

BATF early report pointed to center
fuel tank as origin of explosion:
ignored by other agencies 

AIR LINES, the Daily Fax Newsletter of the Aviation Industry reported in its November 3, 1999 issue:

"At a congressional hearing, the GAO criticized the handling of the investigation of TWA flight 800, saying federal agencies failed to share important information with each other. The GAO assessment was that a report by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which pointed early on to the explosion of a center fuel tank as the cause of the 1996 crash, was provided to the FBI -- but the FBI never forwarded it to the NTSB. "It looks like it fell through the cracks," said the GAO's assistant director of investigations, Ron Maifi. Had the FBI immediately provided the ATF report to the NTSB, changes might have been implemented sooner in the Boeing 747's center wing fuel tank, Sen. Charles Grassley and other critics said. "We ought to have an ethic of overreporting," he said, "especially when it comes to passenger safety."

If those are Senator Charles Grassley's true feelings why doesn't he look into Burnelli? It appears most politicians are too afraid of Burnelli - could it be that they speak out of both sides of their mouths? We ask our readers to contact Senator Grassley and ask him to look into it. He should have an interest!

 

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