Gulf Air has co-operated fully with the Accident Investigation Board into the circumstances leading up to the accident involving GF072 last August 23rd and will continue to co-operate fully with the authorities in the coming months.
“Gulf Air now has the facts of the accident to hand, and we will be evaluating these carefully in the coming months, ahead of the publication of the final AIB report, which will draw conclusions and make specific recommendations,” said Mr Ibrahim AlHamer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Air.
“Our first thoughts are of sorrow and deep regret. We apologise to the families and friends of those who were on board and extend to them, and all people including Gulf Air staff, who have been affected by the tragedy, our deepest sympathy.
“Having access to the facts is the right of those who have been most affected by the accident and its repercussions. Gulf Air hopes they might be better able to come to terms with their loss by having a better understanding of what happened,” Mr AlHamer added.
Mr AlHamer will again be meeting the delegation representing the deceased, and the crew`s immediate relatives, to express his, and the airline`s condolences.
Gulf Air accepts that the report is an accurate and comprehensive factual record of the events which led to the accident, and points out that this should be viewed as an interim stage in the reporting process. The final report is scheduled to be issued in the summer and is expected to draw conclusions and to make specific recommendations. Gulf Air will co-operate fully in this process during the next few months.
Gulf Air has thanked the Bahrain Government for its commitment to transparency and independence in commissioning the report, as well as for its concern for the future well being of the bereaved.
Regarding Gulf Air`s provision of assistance to the families, advance payments have been made to the heirs in 132 cases.
Gulf Air`s Family Care Centre, set up following the accident, continues to operate. It has full time resources to deal with enquiries from the families and to provide long-term assistance wherever it is required.
The Centre is responsible for co-ordinating the transfer of information to the families and for arranging the distribution of personal effects. It also maintains files on each victim, and monitors and follows-up progress. Toll free numbers are available for contacting the Family Care Centre, which also has e-mail facilities.
Since the formation of the airline in the 1950s, safety has been the highest and ever-present priority of Gulf Air, which takes this opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to safety now and in the future, and to the implementation of ever-higher standards.
A full copy of the Accident Investigation Board`s factual report will be supplied by Gulf Air to the families and will be made available on the Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs web site http://www.bahrainairport.com/ gf072factualinformation.htm and Gulf Air`s web site at www.gulfairco.com.