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Muscat hosts global conference on air accident victim assistance

8 May 2024 Muscat hosts global conference on air accident victim assistance By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT), in collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), inaugurated a conference themed ‘Assistance to Aircraft Accident Victims and their Families’ on Wednesday. Two hundred aviation safety experts from around the world are participating in the two-day event.

The conference opened under the patronage of H E Dr Hilal bin Ali al Sabti, Minister of Health, in the presence of H E Said bin Hamood al Mawali, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology.

Over two days, the conference aims to familiarise local and international organisations with the support available for aircraft passengers. It also seeks to discuss ICAO standards and requirements, emphasising member states’ responsibility to adhere to these when dealing with aviation accident victims and their families. Additionally, the conference will cover the role of airlines involved in accidents, protocol for interacting with victims’ families and missing persons, and the aviation sector’s role in Oman.

Capt Majid bin Saif al Barhi, Director General of Maritime Affairs at MTCIT, reaffirmed Oman’s commitment to international recommendations following its signing of the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation. He emphasised the sultanate’s dedication to maintaining the highest air safety standards for the growth and prosperity of the aviation sector locally and globally.

“Selection of Oman as the conference host underscores the country’s commitment to fulfilling ICAO requirements regarding regulations and procedures for assisting aircraft accident victims and their families while facilitating the exchange of expertise among member states,” Capt Barhi said.

Capt Aysha al Hamili, Chairperson of the Regional Coordination Mechanism Committee for Investigating Aircraft Accidents and Incidents in the Middle East and North Africa, highlighted the conference’s role as a platform for collaboration among stakeholders in the civil aviation sector, while focusing on the importance of cooperation between transport companies, airports, governmental and semi-governmental agencies, international organisations, and victim support associations.

“The aim is to develop standards and guidelines to enhance response to air accidents and provide better care for victims and their families,” she stated.

Capt Aysha stressed the shared responsibility of developing an effective regional system to respond to such events and implement best practices for assisting those affected.

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