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Inspired by: corporate press » Airlines liable for psychological treatment of relatives of air disaster victims

version: 6 / updated: 2009-09-23
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Originally submitted by: Rafael Popper
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Source of inspiration

Corporate Press (e.g. AFP, BBC, CNN)

The source of the Weak Signal is


Uploaded reports, images or pictures related to the Weak Signal

File name File type File size
Air Frace image 113251 open

Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Airlines liable for psychological treatment of relatives of air disaster victims

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
A court in Rio de Janeiro condemned Air Frace to cover the cost of psychological and psychiatric treatment of 7 family members of Walter Nascimento Carrilho (42). Mr Carrilho was one of the 228 people who died when the Air France Airbus A330 flight 447 plunged into the Atlantic en route Rio de Janeiro to Paris on the 1st of June 2009.


air transport, liability, flying, Airbus, Air France

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 Increasing number of lawsuits from air disaster victims and family members new/emerging
mainly beneficial

Under what assumption the Weak Signal might evolve.

The recently created “Association of Family members of victims of the AF 477 flight” becomes a stronger voice supporting lawsuits similar to the one won by the family of Walter Nascimento Carrilho, for example.


please specify
please select
Level 4: important for the whole world Air transport companies may improve their safety mechanisms and controls

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
economic filters (business/market interests)

Comments on selection:

The news about the lawsuit has already been filtered in English media, for example. Most AFP News reports are translated to English, French, German, Italian and many other languages. This particular one was only reported in Spanish and Portuguese.

Key driving forces of this signal

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Driver 1 Driver 2
Social People's concerns about air safety

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

Please choose the most appropriate timeframe option(s) to which you would like to provide inputs.
Risks Opportunities
before 2015 Airlines may face economic losses Air transport may become safer

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Media Inform the public that airlines may be liable for psychological treatment of family members of air disaster victims

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Behavioural change In addition to life vests, we may see parachute-enabled seats in airplanes, for example.

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Transport (including aeronautics)