Here's what's on our employee website :
"Incident in French airspace
A KLM aircraft and a SWISS aircraft came close together early this morning in French airspace near Reims. Thanks to the swift response of both crews and the onboard warning systems, the incident passed without consequence. SWISS has reported the incident to the relevant authorities.
At approximately 07.45 this morning, as SWISS flight LX
17 en route from New York JFK
to Zurich was flying over the city of Reims, the onboard warning system (TCAS, traffic alert and collision avoidance system) indicated the proximity of another aircraft. The SWISS crew followed the system’s instructions and put distance between the two aircraft.
The French authorities are investigating how it was possible for the two aircraft to come close to one another. As required by regulations, SWISS has reported the incident to the relevant authorities in Switzerland.
The flight landed on schedule in Zurich.
SWISS Internal Communications"
And the Paris ATC controllers were on strike yesterday too.... I wonder if this has anything to do with the incident.
I remember in the 70's, during a French ATC strike when a Iberia DC9 collided with another Spanish passenger jet over Brittany. French ATC was blamed over this.