Long Islanders unhappy with call to reopen probe into TWA Flight 800 crash

Former investigators now say there is proof there

Former investigators now say there is proof there was not an onboard explosion.

EAST MORICHES - Some Long Islanders are unhappy with calls to reopen a probe into the TWA Flight 800 crash.

Six retired National Transportation Safety Board investigators want to reopen the probe. In a new documentary, they claim that they were pressured into concluding that the tragedy was accidental.

James Hurd, who lost his son on Flight 800, says a new investigation is a waste of time.

Marie Maag, who helped raise money for a memorial to the victims, agrees that a new probe would be pointless.

"I mean what's it going to prove at this point, after all these years, 17 years?" Maag asks.

But Dr. Stephen Curtis, who helped recover victims' bodies, says any effort to find the truth about the crash could be emotionally healing.

"I think for the families, I think they would want to know truly what happened," Curtis says.

Families of TWA Flight 800 victims say they're planning a memorial service at Smith Point Park on the evening of July 17.

To watch an interview with a witness of the TWA Flight 800 crash, click the video to the left or go to News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

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