Air traffic controller in court for near-miss aircraft collision
A former Zurich air traffic controller is in court for giving two aircraft permission to take off despite the fact the two runways crossed each other.
One of the pilots spotted the other aircraft accelerating and aborted. The pilot on the other plane didn’t notice and continued.
The Civil Aviation Office says its air traffic control to blame – not the pilots.
It’s the first time a controller has faced legal action for a mistake which didn’t lead to an accident.
There are fears if the man is convicted, it will mean other controllers won’t report problems which could jeopardize future safety.