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Was Swissair Flight 111 investigation flawed?

Sept. 15, 2011, Halifax - A CBC report says a former RCMP officer believes an incendiary device may have brought down Swissair Flight 111 off the coast of Nova Scotia.

September 15, 2011  By The Canadian Press

The flight from New York to Zurich crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Peggy's Cove on September 2nd, 1998, killing 229 passengers and crew.

Tom Juby, who was involved in the investigation, told the CBC's "Fifth Estate" that he was prevented by senior Mounties and aviation safety officials from pursuing his theory.

A Transportation Safety Board investigation concluded the plane was brought down by a fire in the cockpit caused by sparking electrical wires.

Juby, a former arson investigator who worked on the Swissair file, tells the CBC that the TSB investigation was done "improperly."


He says high levels of magnesium, which is a key ingredient in an incendiary device, were discovered in the cockpit area.

The Fifth Estate, which will broadcast the report tomorrow night, says it spoke to several other investigators and a federal scientist who support Juby's suspicions.


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