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Germany: Families mark tenth anniversary of air crash

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Germany: Families mark tenth anniversary of air crash


Exactly a decade after a mid-air plane crash over Germany’s Lake Constance, grieving families have gathered to remember the 71 people killed.

Among the mourners was Russian Vitaly Kaloyev.

In 2004, Kaloyev stabbed to death the air traffic controller he blamed for the tragedy in which his wife and two children died. Having served time in jail for the crime, he joined other relatives for the 10th anniversary ceremony in the town of Ueberlingen on the German-Swiss border.

More than 50 children were among the dead when the Russian Tupolev taking them on holiday to Spain was involved in a collision with a cargo plane.

It happened over Germany, but a private Swiss firm, Skyguide, was responsible for air traffic control in that sector.

Four of its managers were later found guilty of manslaughter over the accident which happened when a lone air traffic controller was on duty.

Since the tragic events of July 2002, the company says it has fully implemented all the safety recommendations made by investigating authorities.

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