Minister Alghabra Marks First International Day of Remembrance for Air Crash Victims and Their Families

OTTAWA (ON), February 20, 2022 /CNW/ – The Honorable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, issued this statement today to mark the first annual International Day of Remembrance for Air Crash Victims and their Families:

“Today, on the first International Day of Remembrance of Air Crash Victims and their Families, we join the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other international partners in standing alongside victims and families who have been deeply affected by air tragedies around the world.

“These victims and their family members have our full support. We mourn with them and remember the lives lost.

Canada was marked by the devastation of air tragedies. In 2020, Iran shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752), tragically killing all 176 innocent people on board, including 55 Canadian citizens, 30 permanent residents and many others with ties to Canada. The previous year, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 (ET302) crashed en route to Nairobi, Kenyacosting the lives of 157 people, including 18 Canadians and many others linked to Canada. In 1985, 280 Canadians lost their lives in the bombing of Air India Flight 182.

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proclaimed January 8 like from Canada National Day of Remembrance for Air Disaster Victims. We welcome this opportunity to further commemorate and mourn the victims around the world and support the families left behind.

“We are also working to prevent future tragedies. Through the Safer Skies initiative, together with our international partners, we are increasing the level of safety and security for commercial airlines in or near conflict zones. Safety and Traveler safety is always my number one priority.

“We invite all Canadians to join us in commemorating the victims of air tragedies and keeping them in our thoughts.”

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