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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 4, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Controllers under fire over mid-air collision UEBERLINGEN, Germany — As the international investigation begins into the mid-air collision of two planes over Germany that killed 71 people, details are emerging of a report that says Swiss aviation radar is below European standards. Criticism has focused on Swiss controllers in charge of the southern German skies where the Russian plane and the cargo plane collided late Monday, raining wreckage and bodies over a pastoral area of rolling fields and forests across Lake Constance from Switzerland. At the time of the crash, the Swiss collision-warning system was out of service for maintenance and an air traffic controller was on a break, although Swiss officials disagreed about whether that controller had violated the rules. 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 standards. The report by the Swiss Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau, completed last month and published on the Internet, examined three near misses in Swiss airspace between 1998 and 2000. It said big differences between radar readings issued by Geneva and Zurich centres called the system’s reliability into question. It also said differences 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 metres. The Swiss insist the 50-second warning they gave the Russian pilot was enough time for him to move the Tu-154 he was flying for Bashkirian Airlines out of the way of the Boeing 757 cargo jet. But German officials said that was far less than usual, and Russian officials also blamed the controllers. German prosecutors in the city of Konstanz opened a criminal investigation into the collision yesterday, saying they also expect to question Swiss flight controllers. Patrick Herr, a spokesman for Swiss air traffic control, said it was “a purely theoretical question” whether the Zurich tower’s warning system alone could have prevented the disaster. “Many signs point to an exceptionally unlucky combination of circumstances.” Maintenance on the warning system typically is done during periods of light air traffic. Monday’s collision happened shortly before midnight. Adding to the confusion, Skyguide officials gave conflicting accounts about whether the controller’s break at the time of the crash was allowed. Anton Maag, chief of the Zurich airport control tower, said Skyguide rules forbid leaving a lone controller on duty without the aid of the warning system. But one of his aides, Philipp Seiler, later said this rule does not apply at night. The recovered flight data recorders of both planes were brought to a German federal lab yesterday for decoding. But the head of the lab, Peter Schlegel, already voiced suspicions about the 50-second warning. “It seems to have come a bit late, though I don’t want to pass judgment right now,” he said on ARD television. Salvage crews had recovered 38 bodies by yesterday evening and autopsied 24, police said. However, only the two pilots of the cargo plane flying for DHL International, one a Canadian from Surrey, B.C., had been identified. Russian investigators joined their German colleagues yesterday in examining the debris field around the town of Ueberlingen. Investigators concentrated on a large section of the Russian Tu-154 aircraft’s fuselage, which lies about 450 metres from where three engines from the tail of the aircraft are embedded in a charred corner of a barley field. Officials believe as many as 20 more bodies of passengers and crew may be in the fuselage, still strapped into their seats. German forensic experts trying to identify the victims prepared for the arrival of families of the Russian children, experted at the scene today. “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 victims,” said Thomas Schaeuble, the state interior minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Schaeuble said a list would be prepared for relatives of items that they should bring to make the identification easier — such as pictures, details of what clothes the victims were wearing and medical or dental records. Big Bands L Have Always Had Their Fans. UiJEWaLBS “The Diamond Centre" Simmer'MaN rib 488/ Boneless Pork Loin Chops Centre Cut. Valu Pack. Fresh Lean Ground Beef Patties In-store made. 2 99 SAFEWAY CLUB PRICE Safeway Pure Beef Burgers 1/4 lh. Frozen. 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The pilots can appeal through their union contract if they choose. The airline has worked closely with Miami-Dade police, who provided information the airline needed to proceed with the firing, Monahan said. She didn’t elaborate. Cloyd, 44, and Hughes, 41, were charged Monday by Miami-Dade County police with operating an aircraft under the influence and operating a motor vehicle under the influence. Hit-and-run suspect flees — on a bicycle TOKYO (AP) — A man was in police custody yesterday after fleeing about 1,000 kilometres across Japan on a stolen bicycle following a traffic accident. Hiroyuki Kumaki’s odyssey began after his car hit another in the early morning hours of June 11 in the northwestern city of Fukui, said local police official Akinori Asano. Kumaki, 40 and unemployed, disappeared after rescue officials arrived at the scene. A 19-year-old college student in the other car suffered light injuries. 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