TWA Flight 800 Documentary Alleges Massive FBI Coverup Of Terrorist Attack

by
Owen Poindexter
A new documentary alleges that TWA flight 800, which crashed near New York City in 1996, killing all 230 of its passengers, was not caused by an engine explosion, but was shot down.


The preview for TWA Flight 800 tells a seductive story, and you should be skeptical.
A new documentary alleges that TWA flight 800, which crashed near New York City in 1996, killing all 230 of its passengers, was not caused by an engine explosion, but was shot down. The documentary, produced by Epix further alleges that the FBI covered up the attack. TWA Flight 800 exploded just 12 minutes after taking off from JFK airport, on its way to Paris.

Why would the FBI cover something like that up? Unclear. It was an election year, but it's unclear how that would have affected the Clinton-Dole race, nor is it clear if the FBI is into taking sides. Maybe an attack would have necessitated going to war, and the U.S. didn't want to bother. Or maybe there isn't a coverup, maybe a plane just crashed seventeen years ago.

Epix isn't in the conspiracy theory business, or at least they weren't. Most of their previous documentaries are entertainment related. That's a point in their favor in terms of legitimacy (conspiracy theories are a big business now), but they'll need more. This documentary makes an extraordinary claim, and that requires extraordinary evidence. For this to work, they need to show why the FBI would want to cover up an attack (doable), that they could (harder) and that they did (hardest). For those who watch TWA Flight 800, come in with an open mind and a skeptical approach, and know that there is good money to be made in conspiracy theories these days.

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