James Kallstrom, the former head of New York’s FBI field office and the agent who led the investigation into the crash of TWA Flight 800 in 1996 has died at 78, according to reports.
Kallstrom spearheaded the 16-month long investigation into the crash off East Moriches that killed all 230 people on board. The investigation concluded that a spark in the center fuel tank cause caused the plane to suddenly blow up in the sky on July 17, 1996. This July 17 will be the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.
The Worcester, Massachusetts, native worked nearly 28 years at the FBI. He co-founded the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, an organization delivering aid to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty, CBS News New York reported.
New requirements were developed to prevent future tank explosions, in wake of the TWA Flight 800 investigation.