Release #09.009
March 23, 2009

ALPA Statement on FedEx Express Accident

WASHINGTON – The following statement was issued by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), in response to the FedEx Express accident on March 23 at Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan.

“ALPA pilots stand together in mourning the loss of the two pilots in the FedEx Express accident. Our deepest sympathies are with the families and friends of our ALPA union brothers. The ALPA family has come together in the face of this tragedy to offer assistance and support to the members of FedEx Express council of our union. ALPA will be fully engaged in the accident investigation through the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) under International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 13. As the accident investigation is in progress, ALPA cannot offer any additional comment at this time.”

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilots union, representing 52,250 pilots at 35 airlines in the United States and Canada.

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