Pilar Vera Palmes, Vice President of SOS Catastrophes, delivered a powerful speech at the ICAO on 5 February 2015!
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) hold the Second High-level Safety Conference from 2 to 5 February 2015 in Montréal. The Conference included various topics covering three major themes: reviewing the current situation, the future approach to manage aviation safety and facilitating increased regional cooperation.
Moreover, for the first time, a side event dedicated to victims was organised on the conference last day. It meant to present and discuss the current initiatives to assist accident victims and their families across the globe.
Pilar Vera Palmes, ICAO Provisional Chairman of the Air Crash Victims Family Group, made heard the voice of victims by delivering a powerful speech. Pilar is the President of the Association of JK5022 Victims created after Spanair crash in 2008. She lost her niece Ana in the disaster. She has since become an advocate for the rights of victims and aviation safety. She is Vice President of our network.
At the conference, Pilar Vera Palmes presented to the audience what is being an air disaster victim. She stated: “The problems shared by victims in any country of the world can be summed up thus: inefficient administrations, foot-dragging by the airlines, indifference on the part of industry, and rapacious insurance companies”. She added: “When the event is no longer news in the country of occurrence, those affected face seemingly endless solitude.”
Then, she describes the state of play of the progresses achieved in victim assistance such as the Regulation (EU) No 996/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 October 2010 on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents in civil aviation.
Finally, Pilar Vera Palmes listed a number of changes that have to be made in the aviation sector. She stressed the importance of improving the current regulation regarding safety, investigation and victims’ status. A better and stronger involvement of victims association at all level is necessary: all stakeholders in the aviation sector should listen to them and learn from them.
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