There is no soot on any parts of the forward part of the nose that is white yet a center tank explosion as initial event would have put soot everywhere.
Read the accident report:
and the appendixes:
Come back and tell me why you're incorrect. You're not understanding the sequence of the breakup properly.
Same goes for the rest of you conspiracy theorists, of which I can almost guarantee not one has read this report from start to finish. Do it, come back and then let's hear what questions you still have unanswered. Because every single one of these questions posted so far in this thread (and every other thread I've ever seen on TWA 800) is specifically answered in this report.
An entire appendix is dedicated to sooting pattern diagrams; it's very hard to miss. Kind of difficult to argue that this was either not noticed or glossed over by the NTSB. It's also talked about in the report itself (the appendixes obviously serve as supporting documents for the report's conclusions).
As for the window plugs, TWA's use of window plugs is well-known, and was well-known even before TWA 800. You can even see some of them still intact on the photo from the other side of the plane. There's no point questioning or disputing it; you may as well question whether TWA even had
747's at all, I mean that's about how much sense continuing to question it makes when others have already given the correct answer and even provided visual proof.
I don't mean to sound curt and while it's a legitimate question once, it's no longer a legitimate question once it's been answered. And as for this other junk that comes up in all these threads, just read the accident report and you'll have all your answers...
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