Date: September 10, 1976
Time: 1015
Location: Near Gaj, Hrvatska, Yugoslavia
Operator: Inex Adria Aviopromet / British Airways
Flight #: 550/476
Route: Split - Koln / London - Istanbul
AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 / Trident 3B
Registration: YU-AJR/G-AWZT
cn / ln: 47649741 / 2320
Aboard: 176   (passengers:162  crew:14)
Fatalities: 176   (passengers:162  crew:14)
Ground: 0
Summary: Midair collision. Both planes flew towards the same VOR at the same altitude at the same time. ATC error, negligence in operations. Improper look-out duties on both aircraft. One hundred thirteen deaths on the DC-9 and 63 on the Trident. The entire shift of controllers were arrested. One was found guilty of criminal negligence and sentenced to seven years in jail but release after 3 1/2 years. The controller was made a scapegoat. The real cause was a run down air traffic control system.

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