Skyguide (official name: Schweizerische Aktiengesellschaft für zivile und militärische Flugsicherung; Swiss stock company for civil and military air traffic control. Official English name: Swiss Air Navigation Services Ltd) is the air traffic control corporation that controls Swiss airspace.
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On July 1, 2002 two planes collided in the airspace controlled by skyguide above South Germany. You will find here information on this tragic accident.
White rose in the control centre of Zurich in memory of the Überlingen accident victims and of our colleague P. N.
On July 1, 2002 a Tupolev Tu-154M passenger aircraft of Bashkirian Airlines collided in mid-air with a Boeing 757-200 cargo aircraft of express mail carrier DHL. The accident occurred above the town of Überlingen in Southern Germany, in German airspace assigned to skyguide’s control, and resulted in the loss of 71 lives.
On 24 February 2004, the skyguide air traffic controller in service during the night of the accident was stabbed to death at his home.
On May 19, 2004 the German Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (BFU) published their report, which provides a detailed account of the events leading up to the accident. The report also cites the causes of the collision, and makes numerous recommendations for improving the safety of air traffic management activities. Ten of the report’s 19 safety recommendations relate directly to skyguide.
Skyguide had drawn lessons from the investigations into the accident before the publication of the final accident report, and has already enhanced its safety system. The errors which led to the accident were rectified in its immediate aftermath, and many of the actions recommended by the BFU have also already been taken. The safety management practised by skyguide complies with all national and international requirements, and will continue to be constantly refined. Skyguide’s 1400 personnel are also committed to ensuring that all the BFU’s recommendations are adopted and acted upon in full, to ensure that a tragedy of this kind cannot reoccur.
Inauguration of the sculpture in memory of July 1, 2002 and February 24, 2004: