Oh, and the official explanation, a short in badly engineering wiring going through the center fuel tank? They issued a repair and replace order for that within the year -- but it was never implemented. Most of the planes flying at the time, which were built that way, continued to fly, without repaired, until they were retired at the end of their life cycles. It wasn't even a good cover up. And the saddest part? One of the best and oldest airlines in the country, one that pioneered much of the commercial aviation industry, was driven into bankruptcy largely as a result of this incident.
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