July 17, 2014 - We are deeply saddened by today’s reports that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was shot down near the Russian-Ukrainian border. The flight had 15 crew members and 280 passengers on board.
As aviation’s first responders, we have dedicated our careers to maintaining the highest levels of safety and security in the aircraft cabin, and the news of Flight 17 strikes at the heart of our union. As we wait for answers to the many questions surrounding this incident, we hold the crew, passengers and their families in our hearts and minds.
News of an airline tragedy, regardless of the airline or country involved, can trigger powerful emotions for those working in the aviation industry. As details unfold, our emotional connections to this tragedy are likely to deepen. Remember, your AFA EAP is available to help any member with their thoughts and reaction to this incident. You can find your local AFA EAP committee members at www.afacwa.org or by calling the EAP international helpline at 800-424-2406.