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Milan’s Linate Airport Reopens

October 10, 2001


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MILAN, Italy (AP) _ Milan’s Linate airport reopened Wednesday, two days after 118 people were killed in Italy’s worst aviation disaster.

The airport had been closed since Monday morning, when a SAS airliner collided with a business jet that crossed its path, careened into a baggage depot and burst into flames, killing all 114 people on the two planes and four ground workers.

The airport reopened at 6 a.m. Wednesday, airport officials said.

Investigators said the crash was caused by ``human error″ compounded by poor visibility due to heavy morning fog. They are also trying to ascertain whether ground radar, out of service for months as a new system was being installed, could have prevented the catastrophe.

Linate is Milan’s second airport after its main hub in Malpensa.

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