Release #14.51
July 17, 2014

ALPA Statement on Reported Loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

WASHINGTON––The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), issued the following statement regarding news reports of the loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

“The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) is deeply troubled by reports of the loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. Our thoughts are with the families of the crew, passengers, and all those affected by the event.

“Information about the situation continues to emerge and myriad questions remain unanswered. We urge the exercise of extreme caution before speculating on the details of the reported accident or events surrounding it.

“As always, ALPA stands ready, through the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), to assist the international aviation community in every way possible with the shared goal of advancing a safer air transportation system around the globe.”

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing more than 51,000 pilots at 31 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.

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