TWA 800 families mark 17th anniversary of plane crash off Long Island

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, 2013 5:42:01 PM PDT
Families of those killed when TWA Flight 800 exploded in the air off Long Island's east shoreline have gathered in Smithpoint, N.Y., to mark the crash's 17th anniversary.

All 230 people aboard were killed when the Boeing jet blew up less than a half hour after leaving Kennedy International Airport.

Jim Hurd visited a memorial Wednesday to view the name of the son he lost. Margaret Krick said there's no place she feels closer to the son she lost than at the memorial. John Seaman said the passage of time has helped him cope with the loss of his 19-year-old niece.

The National Transportation Safety Board blamed crash vapors exploding in the plane's center fuel tank. Conspiracy theorists say a bomb or missile still can't be ruled out.