TWA Flight 800: New documentary disputes official findings

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Seventeen years ago next month, a TWA flight leaving New York for Paris crashed shortly after takeoff.

Now, skeptics who have long theorized the plane was brought down by sinister forces will get a fresh surge of support -- when a new documentary attempts to disprove that the crash was accidental.

TWA Flight 800 exploded in mid-air near New York's Long Island back in July 1996.

230 people died, and it's long been the subject of conspiracy theories.

Now, a group of experts who took part in the original investigation are saying the explosion that took Flight 800 down was likely "outside" of the plane.

That contradicts the official explanation: a gas tank explosion, caused by an electrical short circuit.

The investigators claim in a new documentary that you can't blame faulty wiring for what happened. They want the NTSB to reopen the investigation.

The agency says -- quote: "While the NTSB rarely re-investigates issues that have already been examined, our investigations are never closed, and we can review any new information not previously considered by the board."

Debbie Hersman, NTSB Chair tells NBC News: "The NTSB has a process for receiving petitions for reconsideration. Petitioners need to provide information that there's new evidence that's been discovered or that our findings were erroneous. We consider all petitions for reconsideration. ... If someone files a petition for reconsideration we will absolutely consider it under our procedures."

The documentary will air on EPIX on July 17, the 17th anniversary of the plane crash.

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