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Airline Professionals Association - Teamsters Local Union No. 1224

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

LOCAL 1224's UPDATED STATEMENT: Pilot Union Responds to Atlas Air Plane Crash in Houston Area


“Our union family is devastated and mourns the loss of our colleagues and crew members, Capt. Ricky Blakely and First Officer Conrad Jules Aska, and a fellow aviator from Mesa Airlines, pilot Sean Archuleta.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families and friends of the three crew members involved. At this time we’re focused on doing everything we can to support them and to provide counseling to any pilots and their family members who are feeling the pain of this tremendous loss.”

President Wells, Executive Council Chairman Robert Kirchner and other officials, safety experts and volunteers from the union have been on the ground working with the NTSB, FAA, and local law enforcement supporting them in their investigation. The union mobilized its peer-to-peer Critical Incident Response Program (CIRP) immediately following the accident to support the pilots’ families and the broader union family with counseling and a 24-hour hotline. Pilots have also established GoFundMe pages for the families impacted by this tragedy. Please find both here.

Go Fund Me for the families of both Atlas pilots: https://t.co/nfXMENO9Yt

Go Fund Me for the Archuleta family: https://t.co/EvvX6egSjf