TWA Flight 800

Flight Number


Date of Crash


Location of Crash

New York, USA

In this tragic occurrence, the Boeing 747, en route from New York to Paris, blew up in flight off Long Island, New York on July 17, 1996. An intensive investigation by the US FBI found no evidence of a bomb or missile strike, as initially feared. A comprehensive independent investigation and legal discovery conducted by Floyd Wisner and other members of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee instead found that the aircraft had exploded when the volatile air-fuel mixture in the aircraft’s nearly empty center wing fuel tank was ignited. The lawsuits led to orders for the inspection and replacement of aircraft wiring and to revisions in fuel tank design to eliminate ignition sources and to prevent the build-up of the volatile fuel-air mixture in the first instance.

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Floyd Wisner

The founder of Wisner Law Firm, Floyd A. Wisner, is approaching his 38th year in the practice of law. He is a skilled veteran aviation attorney who has successfully represented clients in virtually every major airline and aviation disaster over the last two decades.

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Alexandra M. Wisner | Aviation Attorney

Alexandra Wisner

Alexandra M. Wisner is an aviation attorney that focuses her practice on complex product liability and claims brought under the Montreal Convention. Since joining Wisner Law Firm, P.C. in July 2014, Alexandra has served as co-counsel with the aviation attorney Floyd A. Wisner on an array of aviation litigation & law matters.

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Were you involved in this aircraft accident?

Wisner Law Firm’s aviation attorneys fights for those who have been injured or suffered the loss of a loved one in an airplane disaster or crash. Our aviation law firm is committed to helping its clients achieve their goals of determining the cause of the crash, identifying the responsible parties and holding them accountable, obtaining the payment of fair and just compensation, promoting air safety and effecting change so that such tragedies do not recur.

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Our attorneys specialize in wrongful death and personal injury actions arising from aviation disasters that have occurred both domestic and abroad. The only plaintiff’s firm in Illinois that devotes its practice exclusively to aviation law and litigation.