SMATSA suspends controller over near-miss incident


The Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services Agency (SMATSA) has suspended a Belgrade Airport air traffic controller over a recent near-miss incident involving a general aviation aircraft and a Montenegro Airlines Embraer jet. The air traffic controller was suspended following a review of the incident which saw the two aircraft fly close to each other over Nikola Tesla Airport, the agency said in a press release, adding that the event was not as serious as reported by the media. “The Directorate has ordered for the air traffic controller to be suspended and has instructed SMATSA to conduct a review of the controller's skills to determine if he is qualified to resume work”, Žarko Katančević, an official in charge of licensing air traffic controllers at the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate, said. He added that a decision on whether the suspension would be upheld will be taken following the review. SMATSA noted that this is the first such incident in over 400.000 aircraft handled this year. It took place on June 24 but only came to light recently. It occurred as the Embraer jet was about to touch down at Belgrade Airport. The two aircraft managed to bypass each other with the Montenegro Airlines Embraer landing safely.


  1. Anonymous11:09

    Feel so sorry for the ATC..this is one of the most stressful and difficult jobs in the world.
    Reminds me of the Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 crash, if you have time watch it. The poor ATC had a very sad end.

    1. Anonymous12:34

      It is extremely stressful and difficult, which is also why it's extremely well-paid.

      No one forces you to do it.

    2. Anonymous12:44

      I still feel so sorry for him/her. Please watch the Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 crash on YouTube, very very dramatic for both the father and ATC.

      Do we know more information about the ATC? Surely, he/she has problems.

  2. Anonymous18:50

    15 years ago Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 763, a Boeing 747 registration HZ-AIH en route from Delhi, India, to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907, an Ilyushin Il-86 en route from Chimkent, Kazakhstan, to Delhi, in very BAD weather collided over the village of Charkhi Dadri, around 100 km (62 mi) west of Delhi. The crash killed all 649 people on board both planes, making it the world's deadliest mid-air collision and the deadliest aviation accident to occur in India.Please SMATSA be very careful.

  3. Anonymous02:04

    The flight is diverted, seldom happen because a modern Embraer 190 or Airbus 320 aircraft can't handle the prevailing weather-related conditions it is safer not to try to land in airport due to dangerous weather and to continue flying to another airport with nice weather.

  4. Of course, one of the deadliest mid-air collisions of all time happened in what was then Yugoslavia -- and it involved an Adria DC-9:


    1. For such a small airline, Adria was unusually accident-prone in the 1970s and '80s:

    2. Anonymous22:13

      Hey, thanks for sharing with us. Indeed very tragic and it was such a long time ago. Here is a short video showing it on TV:

      Again, SMATSA should be very careful this never happens again....


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