On behalf of Air Traffic Controllers around the world, the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations, IFATCA, would like to express its condolences to all those affected by the accident on 18 November 2022 in Lima, Peru, where an aircraft on take-off collided with a fire truck. We are in contact with our colleagues in Peru and have offered them assistance.
It is of utmost importance that all involved are provided with appropriate support to help them cope with such a traumatic event. The IFATCA Executive Board understands and respects the need for the families of the victims and the general public to find explanations and closure. However, this cannot be achieved by premature and undue speculation about the causes of the tragedy.
Aviation accidents are typically caused by a complex interaction of multiple factors that result in a tragic outcome. We emphasize that according to Annex 13 to the International Convention on Civil Aviation, the sole objective of the investigation of an accident or incident shall be the prevention of accidents and incidents. It is not the purpose of this activity to apportion blame or liability.
The same Annex also explicitly protects the identity of the staff directly or indirectly involved in the accident. Peru has been a signatory to the ICAO Convention since 1946. Speculation, especially regarding possible responsibilities, is unacceptable at this early investigation stage and may even hinder this process. We urge all parties involved to stick to facts and official findings when those are released by the authorities.
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