TWA Flight 800 was an airliner which exploded and crashed with no survivors off Long Island on July 17, 1996, a few months before Bill Clinton stood for reelection. Although the Clinton Administration declared the cause of the explosion to be accidental, numerous eyewitnesses saw what appeared to be a missile strike the jet.
- Witnesses, many on the ground, reported seeing a bright object "streaking" towards the 747. The object in question turned in midair as it closed on the jumbo jet. Witnesses reported horizontal travel, as well as vertical. 
One theory states the flight was brought down by a Stinger missile supplied to the Afghan mujihadeen during the Anti-Soviet jihad of the 1980s and smuggled back into the United State. The bin Laden network and Iran, responsible for the World Trade Center bombing, Khobar Towers bombing, and attack on the USS Cole about the same time, may have been involved.