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Victims helping victims

20 February – International Commemorating Day Aircraft Accident Victims and Their Families

20 February 2023
Pilar Vera, ACVFFI’s Chair speaking on this second commemorating day.

Second International Day

Ms. Vera about 20 February

ICAO, in cooperation with the Air Crash Victims’ Families’ Federation International (ACVFFI), has established 20 February as the International Day Commemorating Air Crash Victims and Their Families.

mindful of the importance of providing proper assistance to victims’ families, ICAO has adopted Standards and Recommended Practices for national governments to implement so that timely and comprehensive information, care, and resources are provided to accident victims and their loved ones in post-accident circumstances.

Respect for victims of civil aviation accidents, and the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of their families, are of paramount importance to ICAO, and with the help of the insights and appeals of the ACVFFI’s committed representatives, the ICAO Council has now helped to assure continuous advocacy and attention for these important global priorities

ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano

Apart from the work already undertaken through ICAO to address the needs of aircraft accident victims and their families through policies and recommended practices, ICAO is currently developing a Training Course to help countries set out appropriate family assistance legislation and plans. ICAO will also adopt new standards to place a more formal compliance obligation on States to develop effective victim support frameworks.

Last October, the Ministers participating at ICAO’s High-level Conference on COVID-19 addressed further calls to States and airlines to take action on victim assistance measures as a matter of priority, and in December of 2021 ICAO convened its first-ever international Symposium on Assistance to Aircraft Accident Victims and their Families, providing an important platform to enhance global cooperation toward their care and treatment.

Throughout the past several years, ICAO has undertaken numerous initiatives to ensure that victim family assistance matters are adequately addressed. Aviation safety is something which everyone in this sector is very proud of, and the result of an incredible team effort between States and industry, but this same cooperation must now also be directed toward ensuring that the rights of accident victims and their families are assured in the aftermath of these very rare but also very tragic events.

ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar
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