B741, en-route, East Moriches NY USA, 1996

Summary: 

On 17 July 1996, a Boeing 747, operated by TWA, experienced an in-flight breakup and then crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near East Moriches, New York, USA.

Event Details
When: 
17/07/1996
Event Type: 
Day/Night: 
Day
Flight Conditions: 
VMC

18969

Flight Details
Aircraft: 
Type of Flight: 
Public Transport (Passenger)
Intended Destination: 
Take-off Commenced: 
Yes
Flight Airborne: 
Yes
Flight Completed: 
No
Phase of Flight: 
Cruise
Location
Approx.: 
near East Moriches, NY
General
Tag(s): 
Inadequate Airworthiness Procedures
LOC
Tag(s): 
Airframe Structural Failure
AW
System(s): 
Airframe, Fuel, Other
Contributor(s): 
Component Fault after installation
Outcome
Damage or injury: 
Yes
Aircraft damage: 
Hull loss
Non-aircraft damage: 
Yes
Non-occupant Casualties: 
No
Occupant Fatalities: 
Most or all occupants
Off Airport Landing: 
Yes
Ditching: 
Yes
Causal Factor Group(s)
Group(s): 
Aircraft Technical
Safety Recommendation(s)
Group(s): 
Aircraft Airworthiness
Investigation Type
Type: 
Independent

Description

On 17 July 1996, a Boeing 747, operated by TWA, experienced an in-flight breakup and then crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near East Moriches, New York, USA.

Safety issues in the official accident report focus on fuel tank flammability, fuel tank ignition sources, design and certification standards, and the maintenance and ageing of aircraft systems.

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Further Reading

For further information:

  • see NTSB - AAR 00/03 In-flight Breakup Over The Atlantic Ocean, Trans World Airlines Flight 800, Boeing 747-131, N93119, Near East Moriches, New York, July 17, 1996.
  • see also FAA "Lessons Learned from Transport Airplane Accidents": TWA Flight 800, Boeing 747-100, N93119

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