Statement by Michele Cercone, spokesperson of Jacques Barrot, on the accident at Copenhagen airport
End production: 29/10/2007 First transmission: 29/10/2007
Reacting to the DASH 8 Q400's accident at Copenhagen airport, Michele Cercone, spokesperson of Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, said that the European Commission asked information to the Danish authorities in order to get a clear overall picture of the causes of this aircraft accident. He said that the Commission is concerned about the safety of the European passengers and will keep monitoring the situation carefully and make all the efforts necessary in order to avoid any possible risk. He also welcomed the fact that the European Aviation Safety Agency called the manufacturer of the DASH 8 Q400 for an immediate crisis meeting. He said that this is already a first important step in order to evaluate and assess the overall safety of the planes concerned by this kind of accident.
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||Exterior view of the European Commission building
||Michele Cercone, spokesperson of Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, (in ENGLISH) saying that as always they have to analyse in depth what happened; at the moment they do not have all the details; they are waiting in order to gather all the information about this accident; they will carefully examine what happened; this is also why they have asked the Danish authorities to be aware of all the details of this accident; nevertheless, it does not seem to be the first accident of this kind and linked to this kind of plane; they are concerned about the safety of the European passengers and will keep monitoring the situation carefully and make all the efforts necessary in order to avoid any possible risk
||Michele Cercone (in ENGLISH) reacting to the press report that the Danish aviation authorities may push for EU-wide ban on Dash 8 Q400 aircrafts;
saying that they have to see exactly the causes of this specific accident; they know that there has already had accidents in the past; they have first of all to be sure about the details and the reasons; once they will have a clear overall picture, they will be able to go a step forward and see if other measures are necessary; at the same time, the European Aviation Safety Agency has already asked to the manufacturer of this kind of plane to gather for an urgent meeting and this is already a first important step in order to evaluate and assess the overall safety of the planes concerned by this kind of accident