ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - A new rule designed to prevent airplane fuel
tank explosions has been announced by the Transportation
The change comes nearly 12 years to the day since TWA Flight 800
exploded after take off from New York's Kennedy airport, killing
all 230 people on board.
A device that pumps inert nitrogen into the empty center fuel
tank will be installed on each newly manufactured plane with center
fuel tanks. It will also be retrofitted onto all similar existing
planes during normal scheduled maintenance.
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark Rosenker says
the new rule "will save lives."
The brother of a woman killed in the 1996 disaster says he's
disappointed that it's taken so long for the rule to be enacted. He
says it was "a preventable accident before Flight 800."