Release #: 19.06
February 24, 2019

ALPA Statement on Atlas Air Flight 3591 Accident

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Capt. Joe DePete, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International, released the following statement regarding the Atlas Air Flight 3591 accident.

 “I know I speak for every ALPA pilot in expressing a deep sense of sadness at the tragic loss of Atlas Air Flight 3591. Our thoughts are with the families, friends, and colleagues of the three pilots on board, including a Mesa Airlines pilot who was jumpseating on the flight.

“Our Air Safety Organization pilot volunteers and ALPA’s professional staff have reached out to support our union brothers and sisters at Atlas Air and Mesa Airlines through our Critical Incident Response Program (CIRP) as well as other resources.

“As with every aviation accident or incident, the sole focus of all concerned must be on allowing the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and avoid speculation until any and all factors that may have been involved can be fully identified and evaluated.”

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