Pilot association commends crew of flight 190

    Actions of pilots, cabin crew demonstrate commitment to passenger safety

    TORONTO, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - The organization that represents Air Canada's
3,300 pilots commended the actions of the pilots and cabin crew of Flight 190
for their actions in protecting passenger safety following an upset of the
aircraft yesterday.
    "(The incident) was very well handled by the flight crew," Capt. Andy
Wilson, president of the Air Canada Pilots Association, told CBC Newsworld in
an interview Jan. 10.
    Air Canada Flight 190 was upset at cruising altitude en route to Toronto
from Victoria, B.C. over the Rocky Mountains. The pilot in command declared an
emergency and diverted the aircraft to Calgary. The Airbus 319 was carrying 83
passengers and five crew.
    "We will be working closely with Air Canada and the Transportation Safety
Board to determine the cause of this incident," says Capt. Wilson. "Passenger
safety is always our number one priority and we will continue to be vigilant."

    ACPA is the largest professional pilot group in Canada, representing the
3,300 pilots who operate Air Canada's mainline fleet.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Carl Mavromichalis, Director of
Communications, (416) 578-2272, (905) 678-9008 x222; Capt. Serge Beaulieu,
French Language Spokesperson, (514) 236-2243

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