Global Pilots on LATAM Airlines Flight 2213

MONTREAL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IFALPA is closely monitoring developments in Lima, Peru, following Friday’s runway collision involving a departing LATAM Airlines A320 and a fire truck crossing the runway. Our condolences go out to the families and friends of the firefighters who lost their lives in this tragedy, and our thoughts go out to those injured.

IFALPA insists on the need to avoid speculation on the contributing factors of this accident. Only a thorough and complete accident investigation, conducted in accordance with ICAO Annex 13, will provide the recommendations needed to advance aviation safety and prevent a recurrence. The Federation will offer the expertise of its local accredited accident investigators to the relevant investigating authorities to help gather facts and relevant safety and security information.

The flight crew of LATAM 2213 was also arrested and detained in Lima until last night. The Federation considers this situation unacceptable. Keeping people who are already under intense psychological pressure due to an accident in custody is extremely detrimental to flight safety and can only hamper the investigation. Furthermore, it shows a complete disregard for the principles of positive safety culture set out in Annexes 13 (Aviation Accident and Incident Investigation) and 19 (Safety Management) of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. . It may also lead the public to conclude that the accident resulted from the intentional actions of the flight crew, rather than technical problems or a series of errors from multiple factors.

In similar circumstances, the flight crew should receive immediate medical attention and assessment. Under no circumstances is it appropriate to interview them immediately following an accident or incident until they have been assessed by qualified medical personnel who can determine their mental and physical fitness to provide accurate information to investigators.

IFALPA therefore urges the Republic of Peru to adhere to and fully implement the principles of ICAO’s positive safety culture, especially in the wake of such a tragic accident.

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