Memorial marks 20th anniversary of TWA Flight 800 crash

2016-07-18 12:08

Shirley – People killed in the crash of TWA Flight 800 have been memorialised at a service marking the 20th anniversary of the disaster.

Family members of the 230 victims gathered with those who tried to rescue their loved ones on a Long Island beach on Sunday.

After the ceremony, family members dropped roses and white carnations into the ocean. Some wiped away tears as they rubbed their hands over names on a memorial wall.

A couple looks at the TWA 800 International Memori
A couple observes the TWA 800 International Memorial, dedicated to the 230 people who died in an explosion on TWA Flight 800 in 1996. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP)

The midair explosion of Flight 800, moments after the flight left Kennedy Airport, spawned a year-long FBI probe and initially was thought to have been downed by a bomb or missile.

The National Transportation Safety Board eventually concluded that the probable cause was faulty wiring sparking an explosion of overheated vapours in the plane's centre fuel tank.

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