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Investigators first suspected foul play 25 years ago, but the FBI eventually deemed the explosion that killed 230 people an accident

The service will take place on Long Island, New York, more than 260 miles from the 30,000-square-foot hangar at the National Transportation Safety Board’s training center in Ashburn, Virginia, where the reconstructed Boeing 747 wreckage has been for more than two decades. The agency, which had until last week been using the salvaged wreckage in accident investigation training courses, is set to decommission and destroy it in the coming months.
“It’s been very useful, but I think we’ve gotten to the point now that it’s time to move on from that, but in a different way,” Frank Hilldrup, an NTSB official who was on the original team of Flight 800 investigators, told CNN.
The Paris-bound plane exploded minutes after taking off from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 people on board. The plane’s wreckage fell into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the shores of Long Island. With help from the Navy as well as contracted fishing trawlers scouring the ocean floor, investigators were able to recover more than 95% of the aircraft, and, after almost a year, the remains of all who died were also recovered.
Following an exhaustive four-year investigation, Hilldrup’s team determined that the probable cause of the explosion was an electrical short that detonated vapors in the center wing fuel tank, though they never definitively determined where the initial spark came from.
But while the NTSB plans to destroy the reconstructed wreckage by removing and either melting or shredding the nearly 1,600 pieces, some people close to the disaster say the process won’t bring with it any closure.
“You can never really close the door on this. You can never really put it away,” said John Seaman, whose niece, Michelle Becker, died in the disaster.
Seaman, who says he visited the reconstruction only once, calls it a monument to those who found the truth behind Flight 800.
“It gives testimony to what happened,” he told CNN. The reconstruction “was impressive and it made me feel good to be an American.”
NTSB managing director Sharon Bryson similarly said that the impact of Flight 800 will continue long after the wreckage is destroyed.
This may not be “an investigation that you ever close the book on. It taught us too much and it changed too many things for the book to be closed, at least anytime soon,” she told CNN.
The agency plans to thoroughly document the wreckage over several months using 3D scanning techniques, and the data will be archived for historical purposes before it’s finally destroyed.

Investigators first suspected foul play

The tragedy prompted one of the largest and most expensive aviation investigations in history, setting off a flurry of conspiracy theories and suspicion that terrorists had hit the plane with a rocket.
Of the 755 witness reports that the FBI has made public, accounts vary widely but hundreds describe what they thought was either a flare or fireworks heading up toward the plane before it exploded. A few witnesses even used the words “missile” or “rocket.”
“When you talk about airplane break-up — was it a bomb? Was it a missile? Well, you can see the evidence,” said Peter Goelz, who was serving as the NTSB’s managing director at the time of the Flight 800 disaster.
Though the agency eventually deemed the explosion an accident and found no evidence of foul play, investigators had also considered state-sponsored actors during their probe, according to Leon Panetta, who was chief of staff for President Bill Clinton at the time of the tragedy.
“The investigation was looking at almost every possibility, including state actors, because we’d known that Libya had been involved with regards to bringing down the airliner over Scotland,” he previously said, referring to Pan Am Flight 103. “We were looking at Iraq and Saddam Hussein. We were looking at, you know, the possibility of even Iran might have played a role in this.”
NTSB said the original agreement with the families of those who died in the crash included a stipulation that the reconstruction would be used solely as a training tool and never as a public exhibit, and Bryson said families had been notified about the decommissioning prior to the agency’s public announcement.

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Eamonn Holmes in traffic hell during break away with wife Ruth after ‘serious accident’

Eamonn Holmes, 61, has spoken out on his worry as he and Ruth Langsford headed on a break away today. The This Morning host shared how the couple were currently stuck in standstill traffic after a “serious accident” had occurred on the M25.

Eamonn typed on Twitter: “Why didn’t I stay in the back garden? M25. Clockwise from South Mimms.”

Alongside his post, he shared a photo of the gridlock occurring on the motorway as joyous Brits hoped to enjoy a day out in the much-needed sunshine.

Despite his annoyance at their current situation, the star admitted he was more concerned over the wellbeing of animals being kept in horseboxes as the weather began to heat up.

He continued: “No movement for at least an hour.

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Talking to the camera, whilst on the backseat of a chauffeur-driven car, he said: “Hello there, good morning to you. I’m on my way to work today and it’s a gorgeous sunny day.

“And a gorgeous sunny day makes me feel very happy, mostly very happy that we are back on This Morning this week and we’d just like to thank everybody who has made it such a pleasure for Ruth and I in welcoming us back.

“So, after today it will be one week gone, six more to go. And we can’t guarantee the weather will be there, like this, throughout the run but we certainly will be and what we need is your company. 

“So, however your Friday shapes up, I hope it’s a good one, I hope the sun shines on you over the weekend and you get to enjoy it.”

He finished the video by adding: “Thanks for watching, see you from 10 o’clock this morning and indeed next week for the next six weeks after that!”

Fans loved the clip but many asked why he was travelling alone. “Lovely having you back. You and Ruth have such great banter. Do you and Ruth travel separately?” one asked.

Indeed, the couple do commute separately, with Ruth explaining the reason to Platinum Magazine last year. “We tried going together once and it was an absolute nightmare because he made me half an hour late,” Ruth explained at the time.

“He was saying, ‘What do you need to be in at 8am for?’ He’s a ship-up-10-minutes-before kind of guy. That’s where we are absolutely on opposite ends of the scale.”

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Stacey Solomon ‘vows to put family first’ after accident at home left her and Joe shaken

Loose Women panellist Stacey Solomon, 31, has reportedly decided to put her family first after her two-year-old son Rex’s recent fall at home gave her and fiancé Joe Swash, 39, “a shock”. The couple’s youngest child had to be rushed to hospital following the nasty accident.

Rex needed stitches to his lip, leaving his parents shaken up.

A source close to Stacey, who is currently pregnant with her fourth baby, revealed that the star is keen to prioritise making the most of time with her family despite her busy work schedule.

A friend of the former X Factor contestant told OK! Magazine: “The little accident that Rex had gave them a shock and while Stacey tries to do everything and please everyone, her health and her family always come first. 

“She loves working but she also wants to make as much time as she can for family and making memories together. 

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Stacey lives with Joe, their two-year-old son Rex, and her two sons from previous relationships Leighton, eight, and Zachary, 12, at their new home, named Pickle Cottage.

Joe is also dad to an older son, Harry, 13, from a previous relationship.

The Loose Women panellist spoke out on her mixed emotions ahead of having a daughter while on the way to film another episode of her BBC show, Sort Your Life Out.

She explained: “I can’t even cope so many of you are sending such lovely messages. 

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Alan Sugar has ‘lost count’ of Apprentice star Claude Littner’s operations after accident

When asked by host Lorraine Kelly how Claude was doing, Alan shared his update.

“He’s doing very, very well,” he said.

“He’s gone through a terrible experience and I’ve lost count of the operations that he’s had.

“The irony of it is, that he was simply going out for a ride on his bike, not racing or going fast or anything like that, just doing eight, nine miles an hour, came off. Horrific accident,” Alan added.

Louise Minchin: BBC star shares injury update after bike accident ‘So glad I am not alone’

Elsewhere, Louise discussed potentially signing up to Strictly Come Dancing following her announcement that she will be leaving BBC Breakfast after 20 years later this year.

During the latest episode of Her Spirit podcast, Louise’s BBC co-star Carol Kirkwood discussed her time on Strictly and went on to urge the former to sign up.

The host has always said she’s been on a “lifetime ban” to do the show, until recently.

The mum-of-two revealed: “What I’m more worried about is that the other day on [BBC] Breakfast, Dan [Walker] mentioned it and I said the line I’ve said for many years Carol, that, ‘I’m on a lifetime ban from my family’.

“And my husband texts me and he goes, ‘Ban lifted’.”

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1 killed, 3 injured in Iowa Independence Day parade accident

SLATER, Iowa — A Minnesota woman was killed and three other people injured Saturday at an Independence Day parade in Iowa.

Iowa State Police said a 2007 Hyundai Sonata was parked on the street after the parade when pedestrians were in the road. A 75-year-old woman backed out and struck several people, the Des Moines Register reported.

Four people were dragged under the vehicle.

Slater Mayor John Kahler said He said he was told that bystanders picked the car up off of those who were trapped under the car.

“This just happened to be an unfortunate accident where some elderly people seemed to be leaving the situation quickly and lost control of their vehicle,” Kahler said.

Mary Nienow, 59, of Alberta Lea, Minnesota, was killed.

Nienow was a teacher at Southgate Elementary in Austin.

A 67-year-old woman, a 30-year-old woman and a 6-year-old child were also injured.

Each year, 5,000-6,000 people descend on the town of about 1,500 residents for its Fourth of July festivities.

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Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks, 24, dies in accident

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets and Latvian Hockey Federation said Monday that 24-year-old goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks has died.

He died from an apparent head injury in a fall after medical personnel arrived, the team said in a statement. It was not immediately clear what caused the fall or where he was at the time. Multiple messages left with team and national federation personnel were not immediately returned.

The Blue Jackets called it a “tragic accident.” Commissioner Gary Bettman offered condolences in a statement.

Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen tweeted: “Life is so precious and can be so fragile. Hug your loved ones today. RIP Matiss, you will be dearly missed.”

“We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Matiss Kivlenieks, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his mother, Astrida, his family and friends during this devastating time,” Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said. “Kivi was an outstanding young man who greeted every day and everyone with a smile and the impact he had during his four years with our organization will not be forgotten.”

Bettman said Kivlenieks’ “love for life and passion for the game will be deeply missed by all those who have been fortunate to have him as a teammate and a friend.”

Kivlenieks most recently represented Latvia this spring at the world hockey championship in which he played four games. He played two games for the Blue Jackets and eight for the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters this past season.

A native of Riga, Latvia, Kivlenieks signed with the Blue Jackets as a free agent in May 2017 and played eight teams for the club. The Latvian Hockey Federation called Kivlenieks’ death “a great loss not only for Latvian hockey but for the entire Latvian nation.”

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Cyclist injured in accident received life-saving miracle thanks to doctor

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The worst accidents can happen when we’re doing something we do every day, in familiar surroundings. In fact, transportation experts say more than half of serious car accidents happen within five miles of the home, and nearly 70% happen within 10 miles of home.

But, it’s not just car crashes. An avid cyclist named Larry Sears says a freak accident nearly cost him his life, but then a doctor he’d never met took a chance on him. Dr. George Al Shamy describes it as “a pretty devastating brain injury.”

Sears was out doing what he’s done daily for decades – riding his bike. He was less than a mile from home when a deer crashed into him. “I literally don’t have any memory until two weeks after the accident when I woke up from a coma,” says Sears.

Sears admits he was not wearing a key piece of equipment. “I was foolishly not wearing a helmet.”

When he arrived at the hospital, Dr. Al Shamy says he was in bad shape. “Blood in the brain, he has something we call an epidural hematoma. A couple of skull fractures and a couple of brain contusions,” Al Shamy said.

Doctors scanned Sears’ brain and planned to wait a few hours before performing a second scan. But, Al Shamy had a hunch and decided to scan him sooner than later. Sears was then rushed into surgery.

“I told his wife, ‘We have to act now,'” Al Shamy said. “We don’t even have 15 or 30 minutes to lose.”

Al Shamy said it was one of the biggest blood clots he’d seen, and had they’d waited any longer “his bleeding would have been much, much, much worse.”

Sears said he’s now recovering at home from what could have been a much worse injury. Now that he’s home, Sears said he had one thing left to do – meet the doctor who helped save him.

“You know, I stuck out my hand, and he kind of just went right past that and gave me a hug,” Sears recalls. “You know, I think maybe it was a bit of a deal for him too because I was a pretty extreme case.”

Then, Sears said the words he’d been practicing for this meeting, “I believe you saved my life.”

Sears gave one final piece of medical advice that he’s learned the hard way. “Just always wear a helmet. It’s just, you know, there’s really no reason not to.”

Sears says his two adult sons flew to Houston when he was in the hospital, even bringing clothes for a funeral. But, instead, they’re now celebrating his new life.

“It is a miracle that I’m alive, and I’m thankful to God,” he said. “I’m thankful for those people that took care of me, and I’m thankful for Dr. Al Shamy.”

Sears said he hasn’t gotten back on his bike just yet and that his exercise bike will have to do.

When Sears is ready to hit the road again, Dr. Al Shamy said he plans to join alongside him for a ride.

“You know, not every case we do ends up with such a good outcome,” Al Shamy said. “That’s why this case is so amazing. Something that was so scary has now brought a lot of joy to a lot of people.”

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Life after death: Man recounts harrowing accident that left him in ‘comforting darkness’

The jury is still out on what happens to us when we die, with accounts varying between cultures and religions. The scientific community, for the most part, agrees life does not go on after death. But people who have gone through so-called near-death experiences (NDEs) beg to differ, believing death isn’t an absolute end at all.

One such person is a man named Candy, who claims to have temporarily died as a freshman in high school.

Candy shared his account with the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), describing how a student accidentally choked him.

He said: “One day as our study hall monitor was out, this senior picked me up from behind with one arm across my upper shoulders.

“He swung me around with what I assumed was a big smile and laugh. The class thought it was hilarious.

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“What they didn’t know is that his arm had slipped to my neck.”

As the grip on his throat cut off the oxygen from his brain, Candy slowly slipped out of consciousness – and life.

He described being surrounded by darkness until all was gone and everything was absolute silence.

Candy said: “Though the lights went out; yet, my consciousness was highly alert.

“I could no longer hear anyone or anything from in the classroom but I knew that I could hear.

“I saw nothing but darkness but did not feel blind.

In the aftermath of the incident, Candy is convinced the afterlife definitely exists.

He told NDERF: “Yes, I knew that I was continuing to exist apart from my body.”

Scientists, however, would be reluctant to take the harrowing account at face value.

Although it is true many NDE survivors recall similar instances of seeing lights or hearing voices, these are not necessarily evidence of an afterlife.

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest the brain remains active during moments of trauma and NDEs are hallucinations triggered by physiological processes.

A study at the University of Michigan, for instance, has analysed brain activity in mice with induced cardiac arrest.

The study found a spike of activity in the final 30 seconds before the mice died.

Jimo Borjigin, PhD, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology and associate professor of neurology, said: “This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain.

“We reasoned that if near-death experience stems from brain activity, neural correlates of consciousness should be identifiable in humans or animals even after the cessation of cerebral blood flow.”

Author: Sebastian Kettley
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Austin ISD teacher killed in hiking accident in El Paso

Austin ISD teacher killed in hiking accident in El PasoEl Paso, TEXAS (KXAN) — An Austin teacher has died after being swept away by flood waters while hiking in El Paso, according to emergency officials in the area.

The El Paso Fire Department responded to a report of a missing hiker on Monday in the Franklin Mountains, near the Jan Sumrall Memorial Trailhead. On Tuesday afternoon, officials confirmed they found the body of 39-year-old Christina Garcia-Mata.

The Austin Independent School District said Garcia-Mata taught at Akins Early College High School.

In a statement, AISD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Elizalde said, “We are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of a member of our Austin ISD family. Christina Garcia-Mata was a dedicated and passionate educator who worked endlessly for her students for 15 years. Her colleagues knew her as a bright, warm presence who could lift their spirits with a smile and a story. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family and every life that she touched.”

According to a post on the Akins ECHS website, Garcia-Mata won the Teacher of the Year award in 2017-18. The post states Garcia-Mata was originally from El Paso and graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso. At the time the post was written, Garcia-Mata was teaching Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).

The district said they would have guidance counselors available to students or staff who may need help processing her loss.

To speak to a counselor, please contact the Akins ECHS campus at (512) 841-9901.

Author: Avery Travis
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