Families of TWA Flight 800 victims blast airline safety

EAST MORICHES, N.Y. - July 18, 1996: A

EAST MORICHES, N.Y. - July 18, 1996: A piece of TWA flight 800, which is thought to be the under-wing fuel tank, floats in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean July 18, 1996 off the coast of Long Island, New York. The Boeing 747, with 230 aboard, went down July 17 shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy airport in New York bound for Paris. (Credit: JON LEVY/AFP/Getty Images)

EAST MORICHES - It has been 16 years today since TWA Flight 800 crashed off East Moriches, killing all 230 people onboard.

Today, relatives of the victims are blasting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. airlines for not doing enough to prevent similar tragedies.

The families say U.S. officials and airlines have failed to implement safety measures to prevent a future disaster.

Flight 800 crashed in Rep. Tim Bishop's (D-N.Y.) district. On the House Transportation Committee back in 2005, Bishop introduced legislation that would force airlines and manufacturers to follow federal safety directives and make fuel tanks safe on old and new planes. He says the airlines are dragging their feet.

Relatives of those who perished say the government is allowing more than 2,000 airplanes to fly, even though they don't have safety systems to prevent fuel tanks from igniting in flight.

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