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No appeal in case of doomed Crossair flight

The federal prosecutor will not appeal a court's decision to acquit Crossair executives of wrongdoing in a plane crash that killed 24 people in 2001.

Prosecutors had charged that Crossair founder Moritz Suter, former director André Dosé, and four other airline officials had encouraged pilots to flout flight safety regulations, which led to the crash. The Federal Criminal Court disagreed.

Jeannette Balmer of the prosecutor's office said on Monday that no one would appeal that decision.

Instead, Suter and Dosé were awarded a combined settlement of SFr200,000 ($176,514) while four managers will receive more than SFr100,000 each in compensation.

Crossair flight 3597 from Berlin ended in tragedy on November 24, 2001, when the Jumbolino four-engine plane crashed and burst into flames while attempting to land in bad weather in Zurich. There were 33 people on board. Nine survived.


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