AAPA statement on AirAsia Indonesia QZ8501

Joint efforts by governments and industry, including ICAO's Conflict Zone Task Force and Aircraft Tracking Task Force, are actively seeking to identify gaps in current operational practices and prioritise additional safety initiatives to further enhance overall safety performance.


AAPA AirAsia Andrew Herdman Association of Asia Pacific Airlines QZ8501


Commenting on the loss of Air Asia Indonesia flight QZ8501, Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) said: “We join others in expressing our profound sadness following the tragic loss of flight QZ8501 on 27 December in Indonesian airspace whilst enroute from Surabaya to Singapore. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew whose lives were lost as a result of this tragedy.

“Following confirmed sightings and collection of debris from the accident site, the emergency services will be focused on expanding their efforts to find and recover the bodies of the victims as well as floating debris, whilst seeking to locate the remainder of the stricken aircraft. Recovering the black box flight data and cockpit voice recorders will be critically important in helping the official accident investigation team to determine the sequence of events which led to the catastrophic loss of the aircraft. In accordance with established protocols, both the search and rescue and accident investigation is will be led by the Indonesian authorities, with additional international support from other foreign governments and industry experts.”

During the year 2014, the air transport industry suffered some extraordinary losses which attracted intense media coverage worldwide and severely tested the resilience of the industry.  Nevertheless, there were actually fewer fatal accidents last year compared to past years. The overall safety performance of the industry was maintained at a high level, and flying remains the safest form of transport today. Looking back over the past five years, the industry has maintained continuous improvements in safety performance, resulting in a halving of the average major accident loss rate over the period.