TWA 800: My Improbable Lunch with the Chairman of the NTSB

If you had told me on the morning of July 7 that I would have lunch on July 8 with the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, I would have likely countered with tales of flying pigs or Hamlet-writing monkeys. I knew the odds.  In 2013-14, the TWA 800 Project Team made a systematic attempt to get the NTSB to reopen the investigation into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800.  The Project Team included high-level whistleblowers, family members of the victims, and eyewitnesses.  Collectively, team members had a whole lot more juice than I did, but for all their good efforts, they never got past the NTSB's designated flak catchers. So color me thunderstruck to find myself dining at Harry's Smokehouse Burgers & BBQ in the Pentagon Mall with former board member Vernon Grose and current chairman of the five-member board Chris Hart. Grose made this all happen.  A day earlier, he had attended a press conference on TWA Flight 800 held at the...(Read Full Article)