On July 2, 2002, V. Kaloyev lost all his family – wife and two children – in a mid-air collision of a Russian airliner TU-154 of the "Bashkir Airlines" and a cargo air-freighter "Boeing-757" over the Boden Lake.
The total death toll of the accident was 71 dead, most of them children who were going on vacation in Spain.
It is generally believed that it was a mistake made by the murdered air-traffic controller Peter Nilsen, Dane, 36, that led to the tragic consequences. It was him who was on duty at the "SkyGuide" dispatch desk that night.
Yesterday V. Kaloyev said that he did not remember the moment of the killing, but admitted: "According to the evidence presented to me it appears that it was I who killed him". He also apologized to the children of the murdered air-traffic controller.
The prosecution demands a 12-year sentence for the 49-year-old architect from North Ossetia, the term to be served at a high security prison. The defense emphasizes that the crime was committed in a state of affect and insists on three or four years at a common prison.