Today, I bring you another On This Day report.
On 1 July 2002, 16 years ago today, a Bashkirian Airlines charter service TU154 was flying from Moscow - Barcelona. The aircraft was carrying students from Ufa for a class trip. There were 60 passengers and 9 crew. Another aircraft, a DHL 757 was flying from Bergamo, Italy - Brussels, Belgium. There were two crew on board.
The two flights were going to cross paths over Überlingen, Germany. Both flights were flying at FL360. When the ATC noticed this, he instructed the charter to descend. Eight seconds later, both aircraft received TCAS warnings. The charter aircraft TCAS instructed the pilots to climb, as the DHL descend. The Russian pilots were confused and did not know what to do. So, they decided to descend. At 23:32 local time, the two aircraft collided and fell to the earth from 34,000 feet in the air. All 69 on the Russian plane and 2 on the DHL flight were killed, leaving 71 fatalities all together.
These were the two aircraft involved in the accident.
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