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Luxair crash trial begins October 10
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Luxair crash trial begins October 10

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Almost nine years to the day after the crash of a Luxair Fokker 50 on November 6, 2002 between Roodt-sur-Syre and Niederanven, the trial of suspects responsible for the accident will open on October 10.

Almost nine years to the day after the crash of a Luxair Fokker 50 on November 6, 2002 between Roodt-sur-Syre and Niederanven, the trial of suspects responsible for the accident that ended tragically with 20 dead, will open on October 10 before the ninth penal court of Luxembourg.

The defendants, seven in total, are charged with manslaughter, assault and numerous injuries and offences relating to air navigation regulations. They face a sentence of up to five years in prison.

The accused are the plane's captain - one of two survivors of the tragedy together with a passenger, three former directors-general of the airline (Roger Sietzen, Jean-Donat Calmes and Christian Heinzmann), the former technical services director and two former chief engineers.

An eighth defendant initially charged in this case has now been cleared.

The court will hear two experts in aeronautics, Vincent Fave and Richard Tavernier, an investigator with the police and nine other witnesses.

Although the hearings are public places will be reserved primarily for the families of victims and the press.

This doesn't leave much space for the public, however they may following the proceedings in another room of the City court where the rather unconventional trial will be broadcast live and translated.