An “I Told You So” Moment

November 12, 2020

When the TWA Flight 800 crashed in July, I think it was 1998, I was talking to some co-workers, and telling them that after reading some of the newspaper articles I felt that maybe there was a vapor lock in the fuel tank. And that’s why the plane exploded. But at that time everybody was talking about fact that there had been some kind of a missile or some other kinda problem with the plane. So, everybody was teasing me and laughing, “Oh, how silly she is that she thought it was that.” So after a few months when it came to our attention that it was a vapor lock, they pretended not to remember that I kept bugging them about my theory. So that was my I told you so story.

I knew it was the vapor lock because it was to leave JFK in New York City at that time. And it was really, really boiling hot that day. And they kept them on the ground before leaving about an hour later. One of the saddest stories of the people on the plane was a woman who’s daughter wanted her to go to Paris. And the woman had already canceled the one trip. She was afraid to fly. And she didn’t want to go. She was on that plane. And it was really, really sad that everyone died. But it was her story about being afraid to go on the plane. That was so sad, like a premonition.

And I worked for the city of New York at the time. And I lived in Brooklyn. And that’s where they had the memorial services at an Episcopal church in Brooklyn Heights. So I was honored to attend that to represent the mayor and my office. So it was really nice for me to be able to see not the family members but the people that lived in that neighborhood who knew some of those people on the plane.

But back then I knew about the vapor lock because I must have read that in one of the articles that they publish initially, either “The Times” or “The Washington Post” which I read at the time. But I don’t know. I don’t remember knowing that word before I read it. And that’s what I thought it was because of the heat in that part of the fuel tank and the spark that ignited that explosion.

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