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CUPE is participating in the accident investigation of Air Canada Flight 646 which veered of the runway in Fredericton Tuesday night, injuring more than thirty people.

Responding quickly to news of the crash, Denise Hill, President of the Airline Division, asked the Transportation Safety Board for observer status for a union representative. “We want to find out what happened and promote action to ensure that this type of accident doesn’t occur in the future,” said Ms. Hill.

France Pelletier, the Division Health and Safety Chairperson, travelled to Fredericton to work with investigators from the Safety Board and Air Canada.

“In an accident such as this, the flight attendants’ key role is to evacuate the aircraft safely,” said Hill, “but we also have a role to play in identifying what went wrong and finding solutions.”

Upon hearing of the accident, CUPE moved quickly to ensure that a union representative was present to offer assistance to the flight attendants.