Such quibbles aside, this film is worth seeing if you’re interested in aviation safety and whether the U.S. government is trustworthy about such things. Big issues, these. From a journalistic standpoint, the film does an excellent job of researching the disaster in a narrow sense. But oddly, it doesn’t contextualize the disaster. There’s no mention of 9/11, and how the investigation might have taken a different turn had it occurred in post 9/11.
And there is also no mention of Pierre Salinger, once of the most vocal critiques of the NTSB findings. Salinger, former press secretary to John F. Kennedy and later an ABC news correspondent, claimed to have evidence that a missile from a U.S. naval vessel caused the crash.
“TWA Flight 800″ will air on July 17 at 8 p.m. on premium TV network EPIX. The documentary is also being featured in many film festivals this summer.