Nav Canada’s commercial division entered into an agreement to provide tower automation products at six ATC towers in Italy operated by air navigation service provider ENAV. Nav Canada did not disclose the value of the contract with Italian company Techno Sky, which performs engineering and maintenance support of the ENAV facilities.
BOMBARDIER LEARJET 45, MILAN, ITALY, JUNE 1, 2003–At approximately 3:26 p.m., Learjet 45 (I-ERJC), operated by Linate-based air-taxi operator Eurojet Italia, crashed after takeoff from Milan Linate Airport. The airplane reportedly struck a flock of birds shortly after takeoff, and airport officials later found the charred remains of six birds on the runway.
Learjet 45, Milan, Italy, June 1, 2003–Learjet 45 I-ERJC, owned and operated by Eurojet Italia, crashed into a warehouse near a road on the outskirts of Milan after hitting birds and trying to return to land. The aircraft had just departed from Milano-Linate Airport (LIN) destined for Genoa-Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA), Italy. Both pilots, the only occupants of the aircraft, were killed.
Early last month, 11 airport and ATC officials went on trial in connection with Italy’s worst aviation disaster: the Oct. 8, 2001 collision of a Scandinavian Airlines MD-87 and a corporate Citation CJ2 on a runway at Milan Linate Airport in thick fog that killed 118 people. The group is accused of negligence in the operation of the airport (AIN, November 2001, page 16).
An unknown municipium in the Roman days, the city of Bergamo, Italy, was sacked and set on fire in the early Middle Ages. In the 12th century the town became a free city and blossomed to a network of umber stone buildings, alleys and tidy squares of the Upper Bergamo.
Commuting from the central business district of Milan, Italy, to its three airports, the advantages of Linate and its eight-minute ride become obvious. Linate (LIML) is within Milan’s eastern limits while Malpensa International is some 28 mi west. Orio al Serio, in the city of Bergamo, 22 mi northeast, is another option.
The Italian investigation into the October 8 collision between a Cessna CJ2 and an MD-87 on the main runway of Milan Linate Airport is now focusing on the failure of the ground traffic radar and allegations of misleading airport signs.
Italian accident investigators have concluded that human error on the part of two German pilots of a Cessna Citation CJ2 was the main cause of a fatal collision with a McDonnell Douglas MD-87 at Milan Linate Airport on Oct. 8, 2001.
Three Italian aviation officials and an air traffic controller have been sentenced to jail terms of between six and eight years after being convicted of manslaughter and negligence over the Oct. 8, 2001, fatal collision between a Cessna Citation CJ2 and a Scandinavian Airlines System McDonnell Douglas MD-87 at Milan Linate Airport.
Europe’s skies have become safer since two landmark accidents, according to a new independent survey commissioned by air traffic management agency Eurocontrol. A December 4 report stated that the 42 European states surveyed have all “considerably strengthened” their air traffic management frameworks over the past four years.
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