1996 tragedy recalled
Current and former federal officials who played key roles in the investigation of one of the nation’s worst aviation disasters said Tuesday they stand by their conclusion that the explosion of TWA flight 800 was caused by overheated fuel tank vapors, and not a bomb or missile. The officials spoke to reporters at a briefing on the National Transportation Safety Board’s four-year investigation following the explosion and crash of the Boeing 747 off Long Island, N.Y., on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 people on board. The board organized the briefing in response to a new documentary set to air this month; the film claims new evidence points to the missile strike theory.
Secretary Foxx sworn in
The Transportation Department says former Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx was sworn in as President Barack Obama’s new transportation secretary. Foxx was sworn in during a private ceremony with his wife and two children Tuesday. The department said he spent his first day focusing on transportation safety and preparedness for hurricanes and severe weather.
Girl has more surgery
A 10-year-old girl who had two adult-lung transplants after her parents sued to change national rules regarding organ donations underwent surgery Tuesday to repair her diaphragm. The operation performed at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is expected to allow Sarah Murnaghan to breathe on her own. Sarah has needed a breathing tube since the successful June 15 transplant because she suffered a partial paralysis of her diaphragm during that procedure.
Hospital shuts down
Sacred Heart Hospital, where the owner and two physicians are under an investigation for allegedly unneeded tracheotomies, closed abruptly Monday after what owner Edward Novak called a cutoff of federal funding. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services decided in early May “to suspend all payments,” said Novak, who had also served as Sacred Heart’s chief executive, in a written statement Tuesday. Novak was arrested in April for trading money for patient referrals.
Compiled from wire reports.