"We state with regret and concern that the preparation of the final version of the report is not completed yet, despite numerous appeals by the Russian side through diplomatic channels and promises given at different levels," RIA Novosti was told in the Russian foreign ministry information and press department. The FRG Federal Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau is preparing the report.
In the early hours of July 2, 2002, a Russian Tu-154 passenger plane and an American cargo Boeing 757 collided in mid-air in Germany's south. 71 people died, with 69 of them being passengers and the crew of the Russian plane. There were 48 schoolchildren from Bashkortostan, Russia's republic, among them, who were flying on holiday to Spain. The tragedy near the border of Germany and Switzerland happened due to a mistake by a Swiss air controller.
The Russian foreign ministry noted that new executives have recently headed the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau, and expressed the hope that the new management "in their urge to maximally accurately and objectively restore all circumstances of the crash will be able to rule out further delays in the work on the report." In Moscow's opinion, the publication of this document acquires a special urgency in connection with the ceremony of unveiling a memorial to those killed in the tragedy on the crash site scheduled for May 3. Relations of those killed and the Bashkir leadership will be invited to the ceremony.