TWA 800: The NTSB Stages a Show

SPECIAL REPORT. Those who expected new, explosive details of the crash didn't understand what the week-long hearings were about: to give the NTSB a chance to show how good they are at what they do, and to put pressure on the FAA and industry. The hearings accomplished that and more, but failed to address a key question: whether it makes sense to spend millions to make an almost-perfectly-safe airplane like the 747 ever-so-slightly safer?

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