Position Paper

IFALPA Conference Statement on Tuninter ATR 72

Apr 25, 2013

Abstract

The delegates of the 68th Annual Conference of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Association (IFALPA) unanimously expressed their concern that the Italian Appellate Court decision upholding the jail sentence of the Captain and the First Officer of the Tuninter ATR-72 that crashed near Palermo, Italy on 6 August 2005, will adversely impact aviation safety.

IFALPA urges the development of a worldwide ICAO standard to preclude criminal prosecutions for aircraft accidents that involve unintentional human mistakes. This is necessary to insure the continued free flow of critical information in accident investigations so safety factors can be determined and future accidents can be prevented.