Crossair managers acquitted over Avro RJ crash

A Swiss federal criminal court acquitted six former managers of Crossair of charges of negligent homicide and bodily injury caused by negligence in connection with the crash of Avro RJ100 HB-IXM (msn E3291) on 24 November 2001. Swiss federal prosecutors had alleged that Crossair’s founder, Moritz Suter, its head at the time, André Dosé, the operations manager, a human resources manager, the chief pilot, and the RJ100 fleet chief had created a “culture of fear” at the airline, pressing flight crew to ignore regulations so as to reduce costs. In a judgement rendered on 18 May, however, the court cleared the defendants of all charges. The public prosecutor is deciding whether to appeal the verdict.

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