High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937, registration RA-85816, was a Tupolev Tu-154M passenger jet en route from Moscow to Barcelona. DHL Flight 611, registration A9C-DHL, was a Boeing 757-23APF cargo jet flying from Bergamo, Italy, to Brussels, Belgium. The two aircraft collided in mid-air on 1 July 2002, at 21:35 over the towns of Owingen and Überlingen in Germany, killing all 71 aboard both aircraft. The German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation determined on 19 May 2004, that the accident had been caused by problems within the air traffic control system and problems with the use of the collision warning system. On 24 February 2004, Peter Nielsen, the controller who was on duty at the time of the accident, was stabbed to death by Vitaly Kaloyev who had lost his wife and two children in the accident. Flight 2937 was a chartered flight carrying 60 passengers and 9 crew. 45 of the passengers were Bashkortostan schoolchildren on a school trip to the Costa Daurada area of Spain, which was organized by the local UNESCO committee. Most of the parents of the children were high-ranking officials in Bashkortostan.
Air travel is one of the safest modes of travel when we take into account the distances and freedom that it allows us. And yet, we still remain obsessed with aviation disasters. What caused these accidents? Whose fault was it? In her series of books Why Planes Crash, Sylvia Wrigley investigates the worst aviation disasters of the 21st century.Accidents are invariably a combination of factors, and pilot decisions and (in)actions can be the results of a culmination of those factors. A strong investigation will consider not only the cause but the contributing factors: those actions or inactions that could have saved the day but didn’t. The objective in accident investigations around the world is not to cast blame but to understand every aspect so that we can stop it from happening again.The second book in the Why Planes Crash series covers incidents and accidents in 2002, including two in-flight suicides, the Sknyliv airshow disaster, how to write off a Saab 2000, an aircraft collision over the runway, a dramatic river landing, Air China 129's flight into a Korean mountain, and finally an in-depth view of the Überlingen midair collision.Unravelling the mystery is the most important step. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlie Boswell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/131077/bk_acx0_131077_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.