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IAPA TRAVEL SAFETY ALERT NEWSLETTER ADVISES NOT FLYING IN INDIA AND COLOMBIA

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The members of the International Airline Passengers Association (IAPA) were today strongly advised to avoid domestic flights in India and both domestic and international flights in Colombia. These travel warnings were included in the inaugural issue of the IAPA Travel Safety Alert newsletter distributed to IAPA members, according to David Stempler, Washington counsel for IAPA.
 Stempler stated that, "India and Colombia are two of the most dangerous places in the world to fly. They have passenger fatality rates 10 times higher than the rest of the world's airlines and 20 times higher than the world's safest airlines which are listed in the IAPA Travel Safety Alert."
 The IAPA Travel Safety Alert notes that "if North American European carriers had the same 10-year accident ratio as Colombia and India, there would be one fatal crash every 12 days in North America and one fatal crash each month in Europe." It goes on to say that the problems are "unsafe airports, poor navigational infrastructure and lack of discipline and professionalism in the cockpit."
 Stempler stated that "because of guerrilla attacks on Colombia's air traffic control infrastructure, radar and navigational aids have been destroyed and controllers and pilots don't necessarily know where aircraft are." According to Stempler, "IAPA Travel Safety Alert's advice to IAPA members who must fly in, to or from Colombia is: fly during the day and in good weather only."
 Stempler finally stated that Colombia's attitude toward the situation may be changing. "Colombia has agreed to accept IAPA technical assistance to deal with the problems of the nation's aviation system. This offer of assistance was made by IAPA after the May 1993 SAM Airlines crash outside Medellin, Colombia, in which four IAPA members were killed."
 IAPA is over 30 years old and has over 110,000 members worldwide. IAPA provides services for its airline passenger members including: representation to airlines and governments; travel insurance; hotel and car rental discounts; and a computerized lost baggage, keys and ticket retrieval system. IAPA's U.S. Service Center is located in Dallas, telephone, 214-404-9980, or toll free, 800-821-IAPA (4272).
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: IAPA issued another press release today titled "IAPA Travel Safety Alert Newsletter Lists the World's Safest Airlines."/
 /CONTACT: David Stempler of the International Airline Passengers Association, 202-686-2870/


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