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Crash Probers May Blow Up Jumbo Jet

Nation IN BRIEF : NEW YORK

September 12, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Investigators are considering blowing up an empty Boeing 747 jumbo jet to study the damage in the hope it would help them to analyze the wreckage recovered from Trans World Airlines Flight 800, according to sources involved in the case. The destruction of a jumbo jet is one of several approaches discussed during a meeting of crash investigators and their staffs at a hangar in Calverton, N.Y., where sections of the plane are being analyzed. A controlled explosion of another 747 would take place on the ground and most likely near the center fuel tank of the aircraft, sources said.

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