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News Release Guidelines for Aviation Occurrence Investigation

This document prepared by Aviation Safety Council (ASC) is to help the airline's Communication Manager realize ASC’s standard operation procedures and practice during aviation occurrence investigation, and provide proper guidelines when dealing with the media.

Once an air carrier involved in an aviation occurrence, it is suggested that the airline’s spokesman contacts ASC’s public affair personnel for information, guidance and assistance.

The keynote is that no information regarding the investigation of the occurrence should be released by anyone or party except the ASC's designated spokesman, Managing Director or Investigator - In - Charge. Any investigation team member who releases investigation related information may be dismissed immediately from the investigation team. Airline may disseminate information that does not disclose anything associated with the investigation process and data-

The following is an example list of what an airline may state after an aviation occurrence in press conference.

Information may be released:

The aircraft
Registration and serial numbers;
Dates of manufacture and acquisition;
Cabin configuration and cargo capacity
Systems aboard the aircraft (statement regarding systems functional description should be avoided);
Its last major inspection and its general inspection schedule;
Numbers of the same type aircraft in the airline's fleet; and
Passenger & cargo manifest.
The crew
Name;
Aviation Background;
Certificate and Type rating; and
Flight Schedule / Departure and Destination.
The occurrence
How and when the airline is notified of the occurrence;
Family assistance matters; and
Cooperating plans with ASC and National Search & Rescue Center.
The company
Company’s management strategy and training programs;
Company size, number of employees;
History;
Business alliances; and
Size and makeup of airplane fleet.

Information May Not Be Released

The aircraft
Actions of the crew leading up to the occurrence;
Any correlation between crew training and the occurrence;
Any speculation about what the crew might have done or not done to prevent the occurrence; and
The implicit and/or explicit statement that suggests the likelihood of the crew-handling problem.
The crew
Actions of the crew leading up to the occurrence;
Any correlation between crew training and the occurrence;
Any speculation about what the crew might have done or not done to prevent the occurrence; and
The implicit and/or explicit statement that suggests the likelihood of the crew-handling problem.
The occurrence
Descriptions of the aircraft's "final moments";
What the investigation will focus on or how it will be structured;
Descriptions about wreckage path or supposition on the break-up sequence (if applicable);
Announcement about the location or discovering of the flight recorders and how they will be handled;
Descriptions of airport facility, emergency response and its functional capabilities;
Speculation on the role such as weather or air traffic control might have played in the occurrence
Any speculation on the direction of investigation; and
The search and recovery process except the recovery of the victims.

 

 

Please refer ASC’s website for more information. www.asc.gov.tw
ASC 24-hour-on-duty call: 0800-004-066, or please contact:
ASC Public Relations: 02-89127388 ext. 330
 
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