NEW JUDGE BEING SOUGHT FOR AMANA INQUIRY MELBOURNE, Dec. 28: Because of the continued illness of Mr. Justice Wolff, of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, another judge will be selected to hold the public inquiry into the crash of the A.N.A. Skymaster, Amana, near York last June.
The inquiry will open prob ably early in the new year and the Department of Civil Avia tion has asked the Attorney General's Department to secure a new judge, an official of the Civil Aviation Department said tonight. Two technical asses sors to assist the court of in quiry are expected to be named when the new judge is an nounced. A Canberra message today said that there was discussion there whether Mr. Justice Wolff's ill ness was a valid reason for de laying the inquiry, because Mr. Justice W. B. Simpson, of the Canberra Supreme Court, was available to take the inquiry im mediately. Replying to this suggestion, the Minister for Air (Mr. White) said today that Mr. Justice Wolff, a local man, had been the logical choice. The Department of Civil Avia tion today denied that its prelim inary investigations into the crash had been unduly protracted. The Court would obviously need all available information and it was essential that technical and scien tific evidence be gathered and produced. This was done by the department's accident investi gation panel, whose work had been highy praised by previous courts of inquiry. The department said that its preliminary inquiry was com pleted in October.