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Planes still prone to fuel tank explosions according to FAA

Those of you old enough to remember the TWA 747 that exploded and crashed off the east coast almost exactly 10 years ago may be interested to hear that the problem is not just limited to 747s.

This is the opening of the article:

"Ten years after the explosion of TWA Flight 800, the very problem that led to the disaster still has not been fully fixed -- despite a warning from the Federal Aviation Administration that it is "virtually certain to occur" again without additional safeguards."

Here's a link to the full article on CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/07/14/twa.main/index.html

There is a very cool -- and also chilling -- video animation link in the second paragraph that suggests how the last minute or so of Flight 800 passed.

I think it's interesting that the airline reps argue that the fix is not needed, because if the FAA is correct that a similar explosion occurs every four years, it sounds like a needed fix to me.
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