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Federal Crash Investigators to be Sent to Crash Scene

July 18, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The National Transportation Safety Board was pulling together a team to send to the scene of the crash TWA Flight 800 off the waters of Long Island.

President Clinton was briefed Wednesday night about the crash, but the White House issued no formal statements.

Transportation Secretary Federico Pena briefed White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta at 9:45 p.m. EDT on the basic details of the crash. Panetta then briefed Clinton shortly before 10 p.m., a spokesman said.

``Nobody knows for sure what’s happened,″ said White House spokesman Jim Fettig.

The Federal Aviation Administration fielded questions in Washington, but had only the sketchiest of details.

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