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4 convicted in 2002 air collision

September 05, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Four employees of a Swiss air traffic control company were convicted of negligent homicide in the 2002 collision of a passenger plane and cargo jet that killed 71 people, most of them Russian schoolchildren.

Three managers received one-year suspended prison sentences. A project manager was ordered to pay an $11,200 fine.

Only one Skyguide air traffic controller was on duty at the time of the collision in German airspace. That man, Peter Nielsen, was stabbed to death in 2004 by a Russian whose wife and children were killed.

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