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TWA 841 Exposed

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In my previous post, The Boeing Scenario Debunked, I demonstrated the NTSB theory of the TWA 841 upset. The NTSB theory, however, does not match the physical evidence (the damaged airplane, debris field, FDR data) or the testimony of the crew. In the video below I offer an alternative theory that matches all of the evidence. […]

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The Boeing Scenario Debunked

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Ask any pilot old enough to remember TWA 841 and most will recite something along the following line: that’s the one where the pilots were fooling around in the cockpit with flaps and slats and circuit breakers and almost crashed then tried to cover it up by erasing the CVR. That’s the story I heard […]

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What happened to Malaysia Flight 370?

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Like everyone else, I have been following the Malaysia Flight 370 story. I’m looking at the story through the prism of my work on TWA 841. I see many similarities, from accusations of crew involvement, to the repercussions to Boeing if something mechanical caused the plane to crash, to the mystery of what really happened. […]

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Fear of flying

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The story of TWA 841 and Hoot’s battle to clear his name covers a time span of over twenty years. During that time there have been a number of fatal airline accidents. A number of these accidents are tangentially connected to TWA 841. For the passengers and crew aboard TWA 841, every fatal airline accident […]

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Spiral update

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I wanted to give a quick update on my progress on the Spiral project. I completed the initial research stage at the end of last year. Since then I’ve been busy writing. I like to use the analogy of a jigsaw puzzle when trying to explain how the process works. Writing a book is very […]

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What if they crashed?

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In the previous post, I talked about the discrepancy regarding the altitude TWA 841 recovered from the dive. The bottom line is that at the speeds they were descending they were at most a few seconds from spiraling right into the ground whether they were at 5,000 feet or 50 feet. At one point in the […]

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How close did they come?

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One of the unanswered mysteries about TWA 841 concerns the altitude the plane reached before the recovery. The official record has always been that the plane recovered at approximately 4,900 feet. The last altitude shown by radar was 4,900 feet. The flight data recorder, which you can view for yourself in the post garbage in […]

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All about Hoot

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This month marks the one year mark of this project. My best guess is that I’m looking at another twelve to eighteen months before I’ll have a marketable manuscript. Writing a book takes time. Writing a good books takes longer. A year ago all I knew about Hoot Gibson was that he was the guy […]

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An alternate theory

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As a writer working on a story about an accident investigation, my goal is to present the facts and let the reader decide whether or not the conclusions of the NTSB and Boeing were correct or not. I want to tell the story of what happened in a compelling but unbiased way. The evidence presented […]

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The scales of justice

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The civil trial of Holly and Tim Wicker vs. TWA and Boeing determined liability and damages. The attorney representing the plaintiffs was a very competent lawyer by the name of Charles Hvass. As a lawyer representing clients against two deep-pocketed defendants, Charles Hvass was in an enviable position. He had plenty of evidence from physicians, […]

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Why it matters

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I started the research phase of this project a year ago this November. Since that time I’ve had a chance to talk to a lot of people about what they think about the crew’s involvement. I have not talked to anyone who believes that the crew did what The NTSB and Boeing alleged. After nearly […]

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Who exactly was on trial?

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The civil trial held in May and June of 1983 was against Boeing and TWA. They were the defendants in the case. The reality, however, was that the crew of TWA 841 was also on trial. If Boeing and the plaintiff’s attorney could show that the crew was responsible for the upset, as had already […]

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The crew gets a retrial

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Two years after the NTSB accused the crew of having caused the upset that nearly resulted in the deaths of 89 passengers and crew, the flight crew was given a second chance of sorts to clear their names. That opportunity came in the form of a civil trial. A number of TWA 841 passengers had filed […]

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Passengers side with crew

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There were 82 passengers aboard TWA 841. If anyone had an interest in finding out what had happened to TWA 841, it was them. During the course of the investigation, as Hoot and the crew came under suspicion for having caused the upset, Hoot visited with several passengers . Jeannine Rakowsky and her husband Bob […]

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Overlooked clues

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Of the many problems associated with the investigation of TWA 841, one of the biggest oversights was the failure of the investigators to explain several important clues. For example, no attempt was made to explain the importance of the yaw damper fail flag noticed by the crew after the recovery. Neither was there any attempt […]