Information regarding the air accident at Überlingen on 1 July 2002

On 1 July 2002 two planes collided in the airspace controlled by skyguide above South Germany. The information provided here is to help ensure that a tragic accident of this kind never reoccurs.

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White rose in the control centre of Zurich in memory of the Überlingen accident victims and of our colleague P. N.

On 1 July 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 by a victims' relative.

On 19 May 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 safety improvement. Ten of the report’s 19 safety recommendations relate to the air traffic control services of skyguide. All of them have been realised.

Skyguide could draw lessons from the investigations into the accident before the publication of the final accident report, and had enhanced with them its safety system as rapidly and as durably as possible. The safety management practised by skyguide complies with all national and international requirements, and continues to be further refined. Skyguide’s 1400 personnel are also committed to ensuring that even the slightest occurring problems are overcome, to ensure that a tragedy of this kind cannot happen again.

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Inauguration of the sculpture in memory of July 1, 2002 and February 24, 2004: