ITF statement on Malaysia Airlines MH17

July 18, 2014

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today expressed its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew onbard flight MH17 and backed calls for an international investigation.

MH17 was carrying almost 300 passengers when it crashed yesterday in eastern Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The reasons for the crash remain unclear, with strong suggestions that a missile attack was responsible.

“We are shocked by this tragic and horrific event. Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones at this extremely difficult time,” stated ITF president Paddy Crumlin. “The ITF strongly backs calls for an international and transparent investigation and a peaceful resolution to Ukraine’s civil conflict.”

The ITF today sent a message of support and condolences to the union that represents the cabin crew, the Malaysia Airline System Employees Union (Maseu). ITF civil aviation section secretary Gabriel Mocho reaffirmed the call for the international aviation authorities to strengthen prevention measures to avoid conflict areas and stated: “Malaysian Airlines and its workforce is an invaluable asset for Malaysia and the government should respond to this latest tragedy by supporting both.”

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