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Grassroots efforts by family members who lost loved ones in aviation crashes have led to the development of a coordinated response to assist family members in the aftermath of mass-fatality events. A large number of family members approached the NTSB chairman during the public hearing that followed the 1994 tragedy involving USAir Flight 427 out of Pittsburgh. After sharing their stories about how they were treated after losing their loved ones in aviation crashes, these family members expressed the need for one agency to lead a coordinated crisis response to reduce the chaos they had experienced.

While every mass-fatality event will present unique challenges, all will present the constant challenge of trying to provide for the basic needs of the victims’ family members. This challenge is best met through the work of the family assistance center. In Oklahoma City, the establishment of the family assistance center was made possible through the collaboration of government agencies, family members, and industry. A family assistance center provides a special place in which services can be delivered and information can be gathered from family members in a sensitive and timely manner. Above all, the family assistance center’s most important function is to provide a private place for families to grieve.

On September 9, 1996, then-President Bill Clinton, in an Executive memorandum, designated NTSB as the coordinator of federal services to victims and their families in major transportation disasters. As the designated responsible agency, NTSB ensures that the following family services will be provided in a sensitive and timely manner: notification of the accident, updates about search and recovery efforts, updates about the investigation, delivery of mental health support, and establishment of a place in which victims’ families can grieve in private.

Families affected by past aviation disasters became the driving force behind the creation of new legislation called the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996 (49 U.S.C. § 1136). Family members were asked to participate on a task force that generated 61 recommendations that were presented to the Federal Government, the airline industry, and other organizations about how to treat and better assist the victims of major aviation accidents and their families.

Pursuant to the Act, NTSB created the Office of Family Affairs and assigned it the responsibility for coordinating the provision of federal services to victims and their families after major aviation disasters. While coordination for these services is outlined in the Federal Family Assistance Plan for Aviation Disasters (to find out more about this plan, visit, the principles and resources are applicable to any mass fatality. A brief summary of the victim support tasks performed by various agencies follows.

This information came from an
US DOJ online article.

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