NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

Statement on Petition for Reconsideration of TWA 800 Investigation

June 19

The NTSB today received a petition for reconsideration of its investigation into the July 17, 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800.  As required by NTSB regulation, a petition for reconsideration of Board findings or a probable cause determination must be based on the discovery of new evidence or on a showing that the Board’s findings are erroneous. The NTSB will review the details of the petition to determine if it meets the requirements set forth in the regulation.

The TWA Flight 800 investigation lasted four years and remains one of the NTSB’s most detailed investigations. Investigators took great care reviewing, documenting and analyzing facts and data and the NTSB held a five-day hearing to gather additional facts before determining the probable cause of the accident during a two-day Board meeting.

The NTSB's final report of this investigation includes more than 400 pages of detailed information, and it can be accessed here.  The NTSB’s docket, which has been available to the public since the late-1990s contains more than 17,000 pages of supporting material.  Requests for material from the docket may be made using our online contact form, or by calling 800-877-6799.

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.