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A documentary is raising new questions about the crash of TWA's Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island.

In the film, a group of retired National Transportation Safety Board investigators claim they were pressured into labeling the 1996 mid-air explosion an accident.

The documentary airs next month to mark the 17th anniversary of the plane crash.

All 230 people on board were killed.

The NTSB concluded the 747 was destroyed by a center fuel tank explosion, caused by a spark from a short-circuit in electrical wiring.

But the documentary argues that the explosion likely came from outside the aircraft, and that there had been multiple eyewitnesses that claimed to have seen streaks of light headed toward the plane.

The filmmakers say they want the investigation reopened.

"Not one single eyewitness has been allowed to testify. That's unheard of. Let the eyewitnesses speak, publicly, at a government hearing, reopen the investigation and find out what really happened and stop this facade," said Documentary Producer Tom Stalcup.

NTSB officials responded saying, "Our investigations are never closed and we can review any new information not previously considered by the board."

They added that the investigation took four years, and that there was no evidence of a missile strike.

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