The Tragic Story
Gadi was killed at the age of 29 on flight TWA 800 the Boeing 747-100 crash over the coast of Long Island, USA.|
All the 230 passengers and airline crew was killed.
Gadi worked as an investment banking in the Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette Securities Corporation (DLJ today CSFB), one of the largest investment companies on Wall Street. One of his tasks was to organize the merger and acquisition of insurance companies. While on the job, Gadi boarded TWA flight 800 bound for Paris, which took off from Kennedy Airport. Eight minutes after takeoff, the aircraft exploded and descended into the ocean.
The US aviation authorities, along with the FBI, decided to conduct a thorough and in-depth investigation of the event. At the outset, all the aircraft parts were retrieved from the bottom of the ocean, and the aircraft was assembled from the wreckage. In a four-year investigation, after a comprehensive inspection of every piece of metal, every component or electrical wire, including all the aircraft systems – it was concluded that the cause of the explosion was an electrical short circuit in the central fuel tank. The insulation materials in the pump and in the electrical cables leading to the pump were defective.
Retrospectively, it turned out that the aircraft was grounded for two consecutive hours, waiting for additional passengers, and that it operated the central air conditioning system located beneath the central fuel tank, for the duration.
Initially, the flight’s destination was Athens. For various reasons, the destination was changed to Paris. Because the flight distance was shortened, the central tank was emptied of its fuel.
The air conditioning system that operated for two whole hours while the aircraft was grounded heated the fuel vapors which accumulated in the cavity of the central tank. An electrical short in the tank pump ignited the fuel vapors, causing the explosion.
Gadi was not scheduled to board TWA flight 800.
Gadi and a business colleague, a senior investment consultant, provided consultation services on an acquisition amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars. They embarked on a business meeting in Connecticut accompanied by three managers from the company that was supposed to have made the deal.
His business colleague, who was scheduled to proceed with the other three managers to Washington and Paris discovered that his passport had expired and that he could not travel.
This being the case, he requested that Gadi fly in his place. Gadi, who had not been given advance notice, called his girlfriend who also worked at DLJ, and asked her to go to his apartment and pack a few clothing items and his passport and to send them by special courier.
Upon the conclusion of the meeting in Connecticut, Gadi and the management team planned to fly to Washington and from there to continue on to Paris. The limousine chauffeur who drove the passengers to the airport in Connecticut took a wrong turn and when they arrived at the airport they found out that they had missed the scheduled flight. In order not to lose time, the group decided to skip the flight to Washington and try to catch a flight to Paris from Kennedy Airport.
And at Kennedy Airport, TWA flight 800 awaited them.
When it was Gadi’s turn to board the plane, the ground stewardess informed him that his visa was about to expire, and that he would not be able to enter the United States upon his return from Paris.
Gadi who was determined and steadfast, argued and refused to concede, knowing that when he would arrive in Paris, his company would see to renewing his visa.
Gadi boarded the flight, never to return. On July 17, 1996, Gadi lost his life in the fateful crash.