TWA Flight 800 families mark 15 years since crash

A makeshift memorial erected in the sand to two crash victims remains standing Tuesday morning, July 23, 1996, a day after a memorial service for victims of TWA Flight 800 at Smith Point Park beach on Fire Island, N.Y. The memorial was placed in the sand by the uncle of Mirko and Monica Miccioli. ((AP Photo/Bruce Cotler))

July 17, 2011 7:02:17 PM PDT
Several hundred people marked the 15th anniversary of the TWA Flight 800 midair explosion with a seaside memorial on Long Island that included the reading of the names of all 230 people who died.

Relatives of the victims put white carnations in the sand Sunday after the 8:31 p.m. moment that the plane's center fuel tank exploded.

Those who attended the annual service included investigators from the FBI, Navy and local law enforcement, fire rescue personnel and residents who went into the fiery sea that night in a search for survivors.

Smithpoint was one of the closest points on land to the disaster. The FBI investigated for 16 months to rule out a bomb or missile. Aviation investigators blamed an electrical spark setting off vapors in an empty fuel tank.