Federal investigators concluded vapors in a huge fuel tank on the Boeing 747 had ignited, causing the explosion at 8:31 p.m. The catastrophe had a deep impact on Long Islanders, particularly those involved in recovery efforts.
Family and friends of the victims will gather Saturday at 8 p.m. at the TWA Flight 800 International Memorial, in Smith Point County Park, for the annual memorial service.
Members of the Families of TWA Flight 800 Association plan to announce formation of a "Friends Committee" that will seek money for upkeep of the black-granite memorial and surrounding grounds.
The endowment needs $3 million to cover the memorial's roughly $150,000 annual maintenance cost, according to John Seaman, the association's chairman. Checks can be sent to TWA Flight 800 Memorial Endowment, P.O. Box 1061, Clifton Park, N.Y., 12065.