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Politicians consider public inquiry into Swissair collapse

The Swiss parliament voted Thursday to see whether a public inquiry could be held into the dramatic collapse of Swissair.

The national air carrier, Swissair, was grounded in 2001 with the loss of 5,000 jobs and with debts totaling 17 billion francs ($13.7 billion). Last week 19 people, including ex-boss Mario Corti and former executives, were cleared by a Swiss judge of charges including mismanagement, making false business declarations, forging documents and damaging creditors. The accused had blamed the Swiss banks and September 11 for the collapse. The failure of the airline was treated as a national catastrophe and the story made into a film. On Wednesday, the public prosecutor in the trial said he planned to lodge an appeal against the court's judgement. (