Korean Pilots Association and Asiana Pilots Union Statement on Investigation
of Asiana Flight 214
SEOUL, South Korea -- July 21, 2013
TheAsiana PilotsUnion (APU) and Air Line Pilots Association of Korea
(ALPA-K) today issued the following statement on the events and investigation
surrounding the crash of Asiana Flight 214.
“Accidents that occur in aviation are not due only to a single cause, but from
many causes. The list of causes often includes defects in aircraft, airline
policies, pilot duty hours, working environment, issues which hinder the
safety in the aerodrome area, weather conditions, ATC situations, and pilot
“The purpose of an accident investigation is not to benefit national interest
of one country or enhance the corporate image of an airline, but to prevent
the same or similar accidents from occurring in the future. In order to
achieve this, the investigation must rule out any elements, including any
prejudices or intended plans, which could affect the result of an
“Through the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Association (IFALPA)
and the Air Line Pilots Assn., Int'l (ALPA),APU and ALPA-K have conveyed our
concerns about the possibility of inaccurately identifying the cause of the
accident, due to NTSB's press conferences which only give prominence to the
possibility of a pilot error and unprecedented speed in disclosure of related
materials to the public.
“From the moment we were firstinformedof the accident, the Asiana Pilots
Union, in coordination with ALPA-K, dispatched amember pilot who has aircraft
accident investigation committee qualification and experience to the accident
site. We will continue to keep in close contact with IFALPA and ALPA and we
thank them for their continued assistance in receiving the latest
developmentson the investigation."
Air Line Pilots Association of Korea
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