NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Saturday marked 25 years since the crash of TWA Flight 800.Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Held In The Bronx's Little Italy
The plane, bound for Paris, crashed in the waters off Long Island in 1996 shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport.
All 230 people on board were killed.READ MORE: Small Business Owners Say Shopping Locally Is More Important Than Ever Amid COVID, Supply Chain Struggles
“She was just too young. She was like a flower, like a blossom that didn’t open,” said John Seaman, the uncle of a victim.
“Just listening to the stories, even 25 years later, it’s still quite heartbreaking,” said Frank Lombardi, chief operating officer of Independent Group Home Living Program, Inc.
Investigators believe a fuel tank exploded, likely ignited by an electrical failure.MORE NEWS: Man Stabbed To Death In Bay Ridge, Suspect In Custody
Last week, it was announced the remains of the plane, which were reassembled during the investigation, will now be destroyed.