A [Swiss] court has told Germany to compensate Russia's Bashkirian Airlines over a 2002 collision that killed 71 people, most of them Russian schoolchildren. The court in Constance said Germany was partly responsible, since it had given the private Swiss firm Skyguide control over part of its airspace. The German court did not specify the amount of compensation due.
"The sovereign task of securing airspace was never effectively transferred to Switzerland," the court ruling said, adding that Germany remained liable.
German crash investigators concluded that a single Skyguide air traffic controller on duty had given the pilots just 43 seconds to act. The controller was fatally stabbed by a Russian man in 2004, in a suspected revenge attack.
Technical problems and staffing levels were criticised in the report by German investigators. The controller had told the Russian pilots to descend, while their onboard collision avoidance system had told them to climb to avoid the DHL cargo plane.
I wonder what happens if such a collision were to happen once the European Single Sky is operational (although I obviously hope such a collission will never happen again). What are the legal aspects of a Single Sky when countries still have legal sovereignty?
[Edited 2006-07-27 20:34:08]