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Last Updated: Friday, 16 April, 2004, 13:41 GMT 14:41 UK
Officials jailed over Italy crash
Wrecked hangar
The SAS plane ploughed into a baggage hangar
Four Italian transport officials have been jailed for up to eight years over Italy's worst plane crash.

They were convicted on negligence and manslaughter charges, more than two years after the crash, in which 118 people were killed.

It happened when a Scandinavian SAS airliner collided with a light aircraft in fog at Milan airport. The airport radar was out of service at the time.

The four officials are part of a larger group of 11 people on trial.

They include the former director of Italy's air traffic control authority, Sandro Gualano, Linate Airport director Vincenzo Fusco, and Francesco Federico, who oversees Milan's two airports.

We don't want revenge... but we want those who are responsible for such a tragedy to pay the price set by the law
Paolo Pettinaroli
Father of victim
Air traffic controller Paolo Zacchetti, who was on duty on the day of the crash, was also convicted.

The president of an association of victims' families, Paolo Pettinaroli, lost his son in the crash.

He said: "We don't want revenge, we don't want other people and other families to suffer, but we want those who are responsible for such a tragedy to pay the price set by the law."

Mr Gualano told the Ansa news agency he had "peace of mind because I know I did my duty".

No radar

The SAS plane was taking off on a flight to Copenhagen with 110 people on board when a Cessna business jet crossed its path.

Everyone on both planes and four baggage handlers were killed.

The victims included Italians, Danes, Swedes, Finns, Norwegians, a Romanian, a Briton, an American and a South African.


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"Investigators uncovered a host of safety shortcomings at Linate"



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