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Swiss trial of air traffic controllers charged in 2002 mid-air collision begins
Last updated: 21 October 2017

published: 15 MAY 2007
by Harro Ranter, ASN

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Nearly five years after a mid-air collision over southern Germany, eight employees of the Swiss company responsible for air traffic control in the region went on trial. The employees are charged with negligent homicide and negligently disturbing public transport. All deny any responsibility for the collision of a Russian airliner and a DHL Boeing 757 cargo plane in the airspace supervised by the Skyguide air navigation service. Prosecutors have called for them to receive suspended prison sentences of six to 15 months. (AP)