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Swiss TV opts not to show Halifax crash film

Swiss television has decided not to air a conspiracy theory documentary which it co-researched on the 1998 Swissair crash over Halifax, Canada.

This content was published on September 14, 2011 - 13:57
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The documentary presents the argument that the crash was not due to a cable fire but a targeted attack.

Swiss television’s chief editor Diego Yanez said the film’s findings did not justify its broadcast at this time. “It’s not our task to spread speculation,” he said. Swiss television will not air the film until its own research uncovers more than circumstantial evidence on the issue.

The film, by the Canadian public broadcaster CBC, claims that evidence was withheld in connection with the crash and the results of the four-year probe into the accident were manipulated.  

Investigating authorities ruled out an attack from the outset.

Flight 111 took off on September 2, 1998 from New York bound for Geneva. An hour into the flight the pilot noticed smoke in the cockpit and the plane crashed shortly afterwards into the Atlantic near Halifax in Canada. 

  
The crash killed all 215 passengers and 14 crew members on board. It was the worst accident in the airline’s history.  

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