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'Nobody warned me' says Russian whose tragedy is basis for new Schwarzenegger movie

February 09, 20:25 UTC+3 VLADIKAVKAZ

Russian architect Vitaly Kaloyev who lost his wife and two children in the 2002 mid-air collision over south Germany said the makers of the new Hollywood movie based on the tragedy did not contact him

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Vitaly Kaloyev

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VLADIKAVKAZ, February 9. /TASS/. North Ossetian architect Vitaly Kaloyev who lost his wife and two children in the 2002 mid-air collision over south Germany said the makers of the new Hollywood movie ‘Aftermath’ based on the tragedy, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, did not contact him.

"I have no idea what the movie is about," Kaloyev told TASS. "The filmmakers did not contact me and did not consult with me, so it’s too early to make any comments on this motion picture. I will think about it, when I see the film."

‘Aftermath’ is a drama thriller directed by Elliott Lester that will be released on April 7.

North Ossetian senator Taimuraz Mamsurov said a film based on this tragedy should have been made much earlier and complained that no thorough investigation into the air crash had been conducted.

"There was no investigation. They [European officials] just said that they had paid compensation to each of the victims' families, they told us to go back to Russia, bury the remains and go our separate ways," Mamsurov stated.

On July 1, 2002, Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937, a Tu-154 passenger jet and a Boeing 757 cargo jet collided in mid-air over the southern German town of Uberlingen. All 69 passengers and crew aboard the Tu-154 and the two crew members aboard the Boeing 757 were killed.

Two years later, Peter Nielsen, the air traffic controller on duty at the time of the collision, was murdered by Kaloyev.

In October 2005, Kaloyev was convicted of the murder by a Swiss court and sentenced to eight years in jail. In November 2007, he was released from prison for exemplary behavior and returned to his home city of Vladikavkaz in North Ossetia.

He was later appointed North Ossetia’s deputy minister of architecture and construction and retired a year ago.

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