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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 4, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba World BRANDON July 2002 A5 Controllers under fire over midair collision Germany As the interna tional investigation begins into the midair collision of two planes over Germany that killed 71 details are emerging of a report that says Swiss avi ation radar is below European Criticism has focused on Swiss controllers in charge of the southern German skies where the Russian plane and the cargo plane collided late raining wreckage and bodies over a pas toral area of rolling fields and forests across Lake Constance from At the time of the the Swiss collision warning system was out of service for maintenance and an air traffic controller was on a although Swiss officials disagreed about whether that controller had violated the Now details are emerging of an official report that says the radar system of the private company that provides Swiss air traffic control falls below European safety The report by the Swiss Aircraft Accident Investigation completed last month and published on the exam ined three near misses in Swiss airspace between 1998 and It said big differences between radar readings issued by Geneva and Zurich centres called the sys tems reliability into It also said differ ences between the way radar data is handled by Skyguide compared to neighbouring countries could lead to misreadings of planes locations on radar screens by nearly 490 The Swiss insist the 50second warning they gave the Russian pilot was enough time for him to move the Tu154 he was flying for Bashkirian Airlines out of the way of the Boeing 757 cargo But German officials said that was far less than and Russian officials also blamed the con German prosecutors in the city of Konstanz opened a criminal investigation into the collision saying they also expect to question Swiss flight Patrick a spokesman for Swiss air traffic said it was a purely theoretical question whether the Zurich towers warning system alone could have prevented the Many signs point to an exceptionally unlucky combination of Maintenance on the warning system typically is done during periods of light air Mondays collision happened shortly before Adding to the Skyguide officials gave conflicting accounts about whether the controllers break at the time of the crash was Anton chief of the Zurich airport control said Skyguide rules forbid leaving a lone controller on duty without the aid of the warning But one of his Philipp later said this rule does not apply at The recovered flight data recorders of both planes were brought to a German federal lab yes terday for But the head of the Peter already voiced suspicions about the 50 second It seems to have come a bit though I dont want to pass judgment right he said on ARD Salvage crews had recovered 38 bodies by yes terday evening and autopsied police only the two pilots of the cargo plane fly ing for DHL one a Canadian from had been Russian investigators joined their German col leagues yesterday in examining the debris field around the town of Investigators concentrated on a large section of the Russian Tu154 aircrafts which lies about 450 metres from where three engines from the tail of the aircraft are embedded in a charred corner of a barley Officials believe as many as 20 more bodies of passengers and crew may be in the still strapped into their German forensic experts trying to identify the victims prepared for the arrival of families of the Russian expected at the scene We must make it clear that the identification will be difficult and at this point we are not sure that we will be able to identify all the said Thomas the state interior minister of Schaeuble said a list would be prepared for rela tives of items that they should bring to make the identification easier such as details of what clothes the victims were wearing and medical or dental IN BRIEF America West tells pilots they will be fired MIAMI AP America West is firing the two pilots charged with trying to fly a jetliner to Phoenix while a company spokesman said Pilot Thomas Porter Cloyd and co pilot Christopher Hughes have been sent a letter notifying them that our intention is to terminate their employ said spokeswoman Janice She said the letters were delivered The pilots can appeal through their union contract if they The airline has worked closely with MiamiDade who provided information the airline needed to pro ceed with the Monahan She didnt and were charged Monday by MiamiDade County police with operating an aircraft under the influence and operating a motor vehicle under the Hitandrun suspect flees on a bicycle TOKYO AP A man was in police custody yesterday after fleeing about kilometres across Japan on a stolen bicycle following a traffic acci Hiroyuki Kumakis odyssey began after his car hit another in the early morning hours of June 11 in the north western city of said local police official Akuiori 40 and disap peared after rescue officials arrived at the A 19yearold college student 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