Shortly after 9-11, I traveled to Wisconsin with my family. We missed our return plane and had to wait in Chicago's airport for the next flight after rebooking on Southwest. With a small child in tow, we found ourselves spending most of our time at the indoor playground, just recently installed. As my son played with the other kids, I was soon in a conversation with an airplane mechanic who had lost his job due to the 9-11 cutbacks in aviation. I mentioned that I was not afraid of terrorists taking over a plane as I could fight back, but I was understandably afraid of fuel tanks exploding without any warning. He took me aside and very quietly but firmly told me in no uncertain terms that the fuel tank did NOT blow up Flight 800. How could he be so certain?
As a long-term mechanic, he was one of a small number of people who were directed by the government and the airlines to replace the electrical part that was officially blamed for the TWA explosion. Then he dropped the bombshell (no pun intended). The electrical part and all its wires were all completely buried in liquid at all times. Even when the tank was officially empty, there is still, always, a pool of fuel in the bottom of the tank covering the electrical part. In other words, even at the end of a flight, even with the fuel gauge registering empty, the source of the supposed spark is devoid of oxygen and not at all a possible source of ignition. Keep in mind that fire needs fuel, a spark, AND oxygen to ignite. Without oxygen, it is physically impossible to create fire. The gas itself is not explosive; the gas fumes (gas mixed with oxygen) are very explosive. A spark inside liquid fuel cannot possibly ignite the fuel. Still not sure, I consulted with friends at work who were electrical and mechanical engineers who confirmed this fact. It would be akin to trying to light a match under water.
It was not a spark in the fuel tank that brought down Flight 800. I suspect our own Navy may have been testing a secret weapon, or, accidentally launched a missile that destroyed Flight 800 by exploding next to the plane and showering it with shrapnel. Or maybe it was a secret assassination. Like the UFO crash at Roswell, the government is hiding the real truth.