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FBI Discredits TWA 'Friendly Fire' Claim

November 10, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

FBI agents interviewed newsman Pierre Salinger at his Paris home and found his document claiming a Navy missile accidentally downed TWA Flight 800 was nothing more than Internet chatter. The document, circulated on the Internet since August, has spawned rumors that "friendly fire" was behind the July 17 explosion of the Paris-bound jumbo jet, which killed all 230 people aboard. Federal officials have repeatedly said such rumors have been investigated and disproven. Kallstrom called a news conference Friday to label it "absolute, pure utter nonsense."

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