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A guilty verdict in the Zurich air traffic controllers process

The Zurich high court has acquitted an air traffic controller in the Skyguide today is Wednesday guilty and sentenced to 90 days in rates à 210 francs. It quashed the first-instance judgment of the district court of Bülach. This had spoken to the 36-Year-old in December 2016.

The tower controller had on 15. March 2011, two Swiss machines on intersecting runways at the Zurich airport clearance granted. While the pilots of the flight SWR1326 rolled to Moscow on the runway 16 allowed for the Skyguide staff Start you off. Not a Minute later, he released an Airbus A320 on runway 28 the Start to Madrid. After 44 seconds, at speeds of 300, saw the pilots approached the other machine, which was also in the startup drive and from the right. They broke off their Take-off in a moment. About two seconds later, the air traffic Manager to stop the departure ordered them.

The prosecution argued that had come by the behavior of the Controller, the two aircraft dangerously close. And both would have continued to start running, could let the air eddy of the first plane on the second plane out of control.

Only a few similar cases

in Front of the Bülacher district court, the prosecution has failed in the first instance. It had spoken to the man in December 2016. The single judge argued, among other things: The pilot could not be condemned for something that didn't even happen. He denied, moreover, a real danger for the occupants of the two Airbuses. Also, the workflows were not for the employees of the Skyguide "completely manageable". The prosecution further moved the case to the Supreme court.

another output, the second such case found so far in Switzerland to the indictment: On 30. May condemned the Federal criminal court in Bellinzona a air traffic controllers of Skyguide, because two of the passenger planes were in Zurich's airspace to close. An Airbus A319 of the Portuguese airline TAP and a Boeing 737 of Ryanair were on intersecting routes on the go, in the climb, you were dangerous. The judges assigned to the pilot with a conditional sentence of 60 days sets of 300 francs. The air traffic controller has been inserted at the end of November a complaint to the Federal court.

Since its Premiere in 2014, three traffic controllers of Skyguide were before the court. In addition, the Prosecutor's office has opened a further investigation because of an almost collision against a Zurich tower controllers.


Created: 12.12.2018, 12:24 PM

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