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Air Crash Victims Day 2024

Air Crash Victims Day 2024

Ms. Pilar Vera, Chiar of ACVFFI, wishes to address the International Day of Aircraft Accident Victims and their Families for the third consecutive year. This observance was established by the ICAO Council in 2021, in collaboration with the Federation.

On this occasion, Ms. Vera highlights the incident that occurred at Tokyo-Haneda International Airport, where two aircraft collided during mid-landing. While passengers aboard the Japan Airlines commercial aircraft were promptly evacuated, tragically, five occupants of the Coast Guard aircraft lost their lives. The successful outcome in averting a bigger catastrophe can be attributed to a well-executed emergency plan and the commendable response of the flight passengers, who diligently followed the crew’s instructions.

On this occasion, ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano issued a statement emphasizing safety as the top priority for aviation.

Despite advancements in air transport, airplane accidents remain a reminder of the need for zero fatalities. The ICAO Council established February 20th as the International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Air Accidents and their Families.

This annual observance reminds governments and the industry of their responsibility to provide care, resources, and timely information to accident victims and their loved ones. ICAO has elevated a Recommended Practice to a Standard, increasing States’ responsibility to support assistance for victims and their families. Additionally, ICAO is working on accident investigation standards to enhance information provision. A training course and expert group aim to improve practical measures related to assistance.

The second Aircraft Accident Victims and their Families (AAVF) Assistance Symposium is planned for November in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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