Russian man, who lost his family in an air crash, has been sentenced
to eight years in prison
of the 49-year-old resident of North Ossetia, Vitaly Kaloyev,
has recently come to an end in Switzerland. Kaloyev was charged
with killing a flight control officer of the Swiss company Skyguide.
The court ruled that Kaloyev had committed a premeditated murder
of the man, whom he considered guilty of the death of his family.
Vitaly Kaloyev's wife and two children died in a plane crash over
Lake Constance, which made world news headlines on 2 July 2002.
The court sentenced Vitaly Kaloyev to eight years in jail.
started at night of July 1st, when the Tu-154 jetliner and Boeing-757
collided in midair over Germany. There were more than 70 passengers,
52 of them children, on board the Russian plane: they were flying
to Barcelona for holidays. Both planes were diving in an attempt
to avoid hitting each other when the accident happened. Witnesses
saw a huge orange fireball explode in the air, scattering flaming
wreckage over 20 miles. Vitaly Kaloyev's 11-year-old son and 4-year-old
daughter were on board the crashed jetliner as well.
crash occurred in the area controlled by the Swiss company Skyguide.
The company's administration originally refused to claim responsibility
for the horrible tragedy. The authorities of Germany and Switzerland
had to present official condolences to the families of the plane
crash victims instead, while Skyguide brought its apologies only
two years after the accident. Investigators concluded that the
air traffic in the area of the crash was not heavy that night,
although it required the work of three flight control officers.
However, there was only one officer at the control panel, Peter
Nielsen of Denmark.
of financial compensations is still unsolved: Skyguide refused
to pay, which made the victims of the plane crash sue the Swiss
company in February of 2005.
took place on February of 2004: Vitaly Kaloyev, who lost his wife
and children in the plane crash over Germany, arrived in Zurich,
in an attempt to receive official apologies from Skyguide's Director,
Alan Rossier, but received nothing for his pains. The grieving
man decided to go to the town of Kloten (a suburb of Zurich),
where the above-mentioned flight control officer was residing
with his wife and three children. Kaloyev came to the Nielsens',
and the two men talked to each other privately; the conversation
was held in loud voices. When Kaloyev left, Peter Nielsen's wife
found her husband dead with numerous stab wounds. Vitaly Kaloyev
was arrested in Zurich the next day.
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