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Systems Parts and Maintenance In July of 1996 a Boeing 747 carrying the designator Flight 800 took off from Kennedy Airport in New York On board were two hundred and thirty people who were entrusting their individual safety to an aircraft that had one of the best safety records in the airline industry The Boeing 747 has been in service for many years and has been utilized for many different things including the one designated Air Force One Nine miles off the coast of Long Island the aircraft exploded killing everybody on board Adcock 08 The wreckage was strewn over a wide area of the Atlantic Ocean and proved to be very difficult to recover It took several months to sift through the sand on the ocean floor and recover the parts from the aircraft Speculation that the aircraft had somehow been the victim of a terrorist act was the topic of the day There were theories that the aircraft had exploded as a result of a bomb placed aboard Adcock 08 There were theories that it had been the victim o f a ground to air missile or an air-to-air missile There were investigations to find out if the Navy had inadvertently shot the aircraft down Accusations were flung in the most unlikely places Security at the international airports was increased and bomb squads regularly checked each departing aircraft for any explosives People were afraid to fly because they were afraid of terrorist attacks The Federal Aviation Administration investigated all of these possibilities and one more They investigated the possibility that a part on the aircraft had failed and caused the explosion This wasnt a popular theory because of the Boeing 747s excellent safety record and the fact that aircraft in general werent in the habit of exploding in mid-air When all of the information was in and the final report issued it was determined that the cause of the crash was probably
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