How do airlines handle communication/notification after an accident?

Benny Skogberg
  • How do airlines handle communication/notification after an accident? Benny Skogberg

    I'm a frequent subscriber of airport messaging services where you get notified of check-in queue times, delays in takeoff, ETA + 10 minutes, landed timestamp, baggage claim time and these kinds of information, but not life-dependent messages.

    However, if something bad happens I assume I won't get a "Flight X crashed and burned" message on my cell, but most likely a "Contact the airline at 555-1212 for more information" or something similar.

    What's the standard operating procedure in these cases?

  • "Poorly" would be the direct answer to the title.

    While each airline certainly has internal policies they are not utilized all that often (that's good) so when things do go boom everyone is out of practice. Having a well-rehearsed policy could be considered a liability issue - they expect things to crash often.

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