November 21, 1996 in Nation/World

Bomb ‘Less Likely’ Cause Of Twa Crash

Compiled From Wire Services

For the first time Wednesday, the FBI backed away from its longheld position that a criminal act was a likely explanation for the crash of Trans World Airlines Flight 800 four months ago.

James K. Kallstrom, the FBI’s lead investigator on the case, said it is now “less likely that a bomb or a missile” caused the plane to explode, killing all 230 people aboard.

Because 95 percent of the jet’s wreckage has been recovered and none of it shows clear evidence of a bomb or a missile, Kallstrom said it is now “mathematically less likely” than it was even several weeks ago that investigators will find ever find evidence of a criminal act.

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