ECAC Workshop: Assistance to Victims of Air Accidents and their Families

ACVFFI representatives, Mrs. Vera and Mr. Hamid, attended ECAC Workshop on Assistance to Victims of Air Accidents and their Families held in Malaga (Spain) from 9 to 10 June 2016.

ECAC – European Civil Aviation Conference

Founded in 1955 as an intergovernmental organisation, the European Civil Aviation Conference seeks to harmonise civil aviation policies and practices amongst its Member States and, at the same time, promote understanding on policy matters between its Member States and other parts of the world. ECAC’s mission is the promotion of the continued development of a safe, efficient and sustainable European air transport system.

Background.  ECAC Symposium: Assistance to Victims of  Aviation Accidents and their Families. Tallinn (Estonia) from 17 to 18 October 2000

The first time that ECAC held a Symposium on Assistance to Victims of Aircraft Accidents and Their Families. About one hundred representatives from governments, airports, airlines, and families of victims attended the event. Intensive discussions were held over two days, highlighting lessons learned from previous experiences, listening to the expectations of victims and their families, widening the issue to its international dimension and exploring avenues for co-operation.

Moreover, Hans Ephraimson-Abt, Air Crash Victims Families Group (ACVFG), participated in this event. He did a presentation from a family member’s perspective. As a result, his conclusions were:

  • Air Crash Victims Families Associations are important vehicles to take care of the long range needs of their constituents. The Associations have also become an integral part ner to work with Government, the legislators, the carriers to participate on an equal level in the administration of after crash crisis management.
  • An institutionalised crisis management programme sets the guidelines, and its pre-crash implementation allows a well-coordinated operation benefiting all parties involved, whenever the need arises.
  • Putting in force the new “Montreal Protocols” will re-unify the former “Warsaw System” and re-create the level playing field for victims, their families, the carriers, the insurers, the judiciary and all others involved in civil aviation, as well a shorten disposition of the damages process.

Following link, you could see the proceedings of this Symposium shared in website’s ECAC. 

ECAC Workshop: Assistance to Victims of Air Accidents and their Families. Málaga (Spain) from 9 to 10 June 2016

The objective of this workshop was to share best practice and experience on the assistance to victims of civil aviation accidents and their relatives, and to bring together the appropriate authorities and experts involved in the subject.

Organised by ECAC in collaboration with the Spanish Ministry of Development (Ministerio de Fomento), the workshop was open to ECAC Member States and members and observers of the Facilitation Working Group and their representatives.

ACVFFI’s purpose shall be to contribute to the advancement of the situation regarding the rights of families affected by the loss of their loved ones in a major air accident. Similarly Mr. Ephraimson did, two ACVFFI’s member participated in this event. Mrs. Pilar Vera, ACVFFI’s Chair, gave a presentation entitled From the JK5022 tragedy to the common good. Mr. Hamid delivered a speech entitled Challenges to aviation safety and passenger rights in Pakistan.