Former Crossair officials charged over Avro RJ100 crash

Six former officials of Crossair have been charged by Switzerland’s federal prosecutor with negligent homicide and causing bodily injury through negligence over the crash of Avro RJ100 HB-IXM (msn E3291) on 24 November 2001. The RJ100 crashed near Bassersdorf, Switzerland, while approaching runway 28 at Zürich airport in poor weather. 21 passengers and three crew members lost their lives in the accident, and 7 passengers and 2 crew members survived. The crash report identified the main cause of the accident as the commander’s decision to descend below the minimum descent altitude (MDA) of the standard VOR/DME approach to runway 28 without having the required visual contact to the approach lights or the runway, along with the copilot’s failure to prevent him from doing so. Crossair itself was severely criticized in the report: the airline’s failure to correctly assess and respond to problems in the commander’s flying performance were identified as a contributing factor to the accident.

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