Man who killed air traffic controller avenging family is running for city council

Man who killed air traffic controller avenging family is running for city council
Vitaly Kaloev

The candidate for deputy of the Vladikavkaz city assembly is among the leaders.

Vitaly Kaloev, who served time in Switzerland for the murder of air traffic controller Peter Nielsen, is running for the city council of Vladikavkaz from United Russia in North Ossetia. Following a preliminary vote, Kaloev has been one of the leaders, RIA Novosti reports.

In October 2005, a Swiss court sentenced Kaloev to eight years in prison. The Russian served two-thirds and returned to his homeland in December 2007.

Kaloev became a murderer to avenge his wife, son and daughter, who had died in a plane crash. A mistake by Peter Nielsen led to a collision of a Russian Tu-154 and a Boeing 757 cargo aircraft. The tragedy claimed the lives of 71 people, including nine crew members and 45 Russian children.

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