Sumary of TWA Flight 800: Memorial marks 25 years since crash; wreckage to be destroyed:
- The Boeing 747 took off from Kennedy Airport on July 17, 1996, bound for Paris with 230 people onboard – but 12 minutes later there was a mid-air explosion.
- A quarter-century later, relatives of the victims are expected to gather in Smith Point County Park, where the TWA Flight 800 International Memorial stands.
- The memorial regularly draws somber visitors, who often leave flowers or candles or release balloons and lanterns into the sky.
- The wreckage of the plane has remained in custody in northern Virginia, where the National Transportation Safety Board conducted its investigation.
- Since 2003, first responders and safety investigators have used the recovered remains for training purposes, the Washington Post reported.