August 22, 1996 in Nation/World

Half Of Twa Bodies Missing In Key Rows

Associated Press

Most of the missing victims from TWA Flight 800 were seated in rows 17 through 28, the likeliest location of the explosion that brought down the plane.

The largest concentration of missing bodies is the group of passengers assigned to rows 22 through 24 in the middle section of the cabin, according to passenger documents obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

When the plane broke up, passengers in those rows may have been scattered over a wide area of ocean, making it difficult for divers to locate their bodies, said investigators.

Investigators believe that if the July 17 explosion was a bomb, it may have been located above the center fuel tank, either hidden in a food cart or brought aboard in carry-on luggage placed under a seat.

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