On 13 September 1997, a German Air Force Tupolev Tu-154M observation aircraft and a United States Air Force C-141B Starlifter transport aircraft were destroyed in a mid-air collision while cruising at 35,000 feet (11,000 m) off the coast of Namibia. All 33 people on board both aircraft were killed. At the time of the collision, the Tupolev was flying on a southerly route from Niamey, Niger, to Cape Town, South Africa, while the C-141 was heading northwest from Windhoek, Namibia, to Ascension Island.

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  • Die Flugzeugkollision vor Namibia 1997 ereignete sich am 13. September 1997 über dem Atlantik vor dem südafrikanischen Staat Namibia zwischen einer Tupolew Tu-154 der Flugbereitschaft des Bundesministeriums der Verteidigung und einem amerikanischen Militärtransporter des Typs Lockheed C-141 Starlifter. Bei der Kollision kamen alle Insassen beider Flugzeuge ums Leben. Gründe für die Kollision waren eine falsch gewählte Flugfläche der Tupolew entgegen den Halbkreisflughöhen sowie eine mangelnde bzw. nicht vorhandene Flugverkehrskontrolle im betroffenen Gebiet, wodurch auch kein Fluglotse die Besatzung der deutschen Maschine auf ihren Fehler aufmerksam machte. (de)
  • Столкновение над Атлантикой — авиационная катастрофа, произошедшая в субботу 13 сентября 1997 года, когда в небе над Атлантическим океаном в 65 милях к западу от побережья Намибии столкнулись Ту-154М ВВС Германии и C-141B ВВС США, в результате чего погибли 33 человека. (ru)
  • On 13 September 1997, a German Air Force Tupolev Tu-154M observation aircraft and a United States Air Force C-141B Starlifter transport aircraft were destroyed in a mid-air collision while cruising at 35,000 feet (11,000 m) off the coast of Namibia. All 33 people on board both aircraft were killed. At the time of the collision, the Tupolev was flying on a southerly route from Niamey, Niger, to Cape Town, South Africa, while the C-141 was heading northwest from Windhoek, Namibia, to Ascension Island. Neither aircraft was equipped with TCAS collision avoidance systems, and although both crews had filed a flight plan, the German aircraft was not in contact with Namibian air traffic control and controllers were unaware of its presence in Namibian airspace. Furthermore, the Tupolev was flying at the wrong altitude, according to its flight plan and to the semicircular rule. The subsequent US Air Force inquiry concluded that the German crew was responsible for the accident, citing pilot error and inadequate air traffic control that contributed to the fatal lack of separation. A year before the accident, the International Federation of Airline Pilots' Associations had stated that from a safety point of view, 75 percent of African airspace was "critically deficient." (en)
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  • Столкновение над Атлантикой — авиационная катастрофа, произошедшая в субботу 13 сентября 1997 года, когда в небе над Атлантическим океаном в 65 милях к западу от побережья Намибии столкнулись Ту-154М ВВС Германии и C-141B ВВС США, в результате чего погибли 33 человека. (ru)
  • Die Flugzeugkollision vor Namibia 1997 ereignete sich am 13. September 1997 über dem Atlantik vor dem südafrikanischen Staat Namibia zwischen einer Tupolew Tu-154 der Flugbereitschaft des Bundesministeriums der Verteidigung und einem amerikanischen Militärtransporter des Typs Lockheed C-141 Starlifter. Bei der Kollision kamen alle Insassen beider Flugzeuge ums Leben. (de)
  • On 13 September 1997, a German Air Force Tupolev Tu-154M observation aircraft and a United States Air Force C-141B Starlifter transport aircraft were destroyed in a mid-air collision while cruising at 35,000 feet (11,000 m) off the coast of Namibia. All 33 people on board both aircraft were killed. At the time of the collision, the Tupolev was flying on a southerly route from Niamey, Niger, to Cape Town, South Africa, while the C-141 was heading northwest from Windhoek, Namibia, to Ascension Island. (en)
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  • Flugzeugkollision vor Namibia 1997 (de)
  • 1997 Namibia mid-air collision (en)
  • Столкновение над Атлантикой (1997) (ru)
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