The following statement was released today by Jim Hall, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, following the issuance yesterday of a final report by Congressman Jim Traficant of Ohio, on the investigation of the crash of TWA flight 800:
"I am gratified that, after an exhaustive review of the federal government's investigation of the tragic loss of TWA flight 800, Congressman Traficant has agreed that the inquiry has been thorough and forthcoming, and that the evidence has supported our belief that an explosion of the aircraft's center fuel tank was the event that brought the plane down.
"I am particularly pleased that the Congressman's report endorses the integrity and hard work of the men and women of the National Transportation Safety Board and the many other government agencies that have been selflessly pursuing the cause of this accident for two years.
"I want to thank Congressman Traficant, a senior member of the House Transportation Committee, Chairman John Duncan and the committee staff who entered this review in an attempt to sort out the many alternative theories proposed by parties outside the investigation.
"As we approach the 2nd anniversary of this tragedy, I want to assure the family members of those who perished, as well as all the American people, that the Safety Board is continuing to pursue many avenues of inquiry in assembling the definitive report on the circumstances surrounding the accident.