Boeing Statement on FBI's TWA 800 Investigation --
Nov. 18, 1997 (Since removed from the Boeing website)
The FBI's assessment that it has not found any criminal evidence in
the investigation of the loss of TWA Flight 800 does not change the role
of The Boeing Company role in the continuing effort to determine the cause
of this tragedy.
The role of The Boeing Company in the investigation remains the same
as it has been since the early hours following the crash: We continue to
assist the National Transportation Safety
Board in their effort to determine what happened and why. We will keep
providing whatever information and resources we can to help in that effort,
including participating in the upcoming NTSB public hearing.
Boeing provided information about the design, operation and performance
of the 747 to the
FBI throughout their criminal investigation.
However, Boeing was not involved in the production of the video shown today,
nor have we had the opportunity to obtain a copy or fully understand the
data used to create it.
While we provided basic aerodynamic information to assist in the CIA's
analysis of the airplane's performance, we are not aware of the data that
was used to develop the video.
The video's explanation of the eyewitness observations can be best assessed
by the eyewitnesses themselves.
Since the beginning of the investigation, Boeing has never subscribed
to any one theory. Our role continues to be to assist in determining how
and why this tragedy occurred. We remain committed to that goal.