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Families file suit against government claiming TWA Flight 800 was destroyed ‘by an errant United States missile’

Defense contractors and the U.S. Department of Defense are among defendants being named in a lawsuit filed by plaintiffs in connection with the TWA Flight 800 crash 26 years ago.

The plane, en route to France from New York, crashed shortly after takeoff, claiming the lives of all those aboard, including Montoursville Area High School students and their chaperones.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, charges that the federal government released a false report contending that the explosion in the plane was the result of an electrical fire in its center fuel tank.

The lawsuit states: “Only recently, thanks to the work of physicist, Dr. Thomas Stalcup, through his Freedom of Information Act litigation in Massachusetts federal court, has evidence emerged proving that the TWA 800 explosion was not caused by any defect in the airplane, but instead by an errant United States missile fired at aerial target drones flying nearby.”

It also noted that evidence founded by Stalcup establishes that the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Department of Defense and the U.S. Navy acting in concert with Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin Corp., were testing the Aegis Weapons System and firing SM-2 missiles with live warheads from warship(s) at aerial missile targets off the coast of New York in proximity to commercial airline paths.

One such missile, it is contended, struck TWA Flight 800, causing it to break apart and crash into the Atlantic Ocean, killing everyone aboard.

It is further contended by plaintiffs that the defendants “engaged in a top-down cover-up to prevent the public from learning the truth about TWA 800.”

Plaintiffs are the family members and estates of the victims and listed as follows: Ronald Krick, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Oliver Krick; Margaret Krick; Chistopher Krick; Douglas Kevorkian, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Ralph Kevorkian; Lisa Michelson, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Yonatan Rojany; Eric Rojany; Jodelle Gearon, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Daniel Gaetke; Todd Gaetke; Craig Gaetke; Wanda Kemp, individually and on behalf of the Estates of O. Lamar Allen and Ashton Allen; Christine Grogan; Eileen Zaharioudakis, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Donald Gough; and Michael Deteresa.

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