French Controller Killed In Tower

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The head air traffic controller at EuroAirport, in Mulhouse, France (an airport that saw 4.3 million passengers in 2007) was found at 8 a.m., Wednesday, stabbed to death on the 11th floor of the tower, outside of the control room. The airport is located in northeastern France, near the borders of Switzerland and Germany, and operates 70 flights daily, with 20 different airlines. The control tower is located in a "secure" area of the airport, where access is restricted. The controller's body was found between the elevator and a staircase that leads to the control room. Police say the victim, a 34-year-old father of one, had worked at the airport since 1998 and that evidence suggests the attack may have been personal.

According to a report in EstRepublicain.fr, the controller had been on the phone at least twice during his shift Wednesday, and one of those calls involved aggression. Police say there was no attempt to break into the tower or gain access to the control room. By late Wednesday, a murder weapon had not been found. The particular area where the attack took place is not equipped with video surveillance and investigators are looking at available electronic records and surveillance footage of parking lots. Investigators have so far rejected the possibility that the attack was associated with a terrorist plot. The murder did not interrupt operations at the airport.