International airline pilots opened on eight-day conference in Tokyo on Wednesday (14 March) with hijackings, aircraft noise and mid-air collision on their list of topics.
SV ZOOM OUT Conference hall showing banner "20th IFALPA Annual Conference"
SV INT Delegates and their wives arrive
SV Crown Prince Akihito walk to rostrum
SV Wives looking on.
GV Speaker on rostrum and audience seated
CU Speaker - President of Japan pilots
CU Crown Prince seated listening
SV Delegates seated at table
SV Prince speaking (2 shots)
SV Audience, including wives, looking on and applauding
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Background: International airline pilots opened on eight-day conference in Tokyo on Wednesday (14 March) with hijackings, aircraft noise and mid-air collision on their list of topics.
Crown Prince Akihoto joined about 200 delegates from 46 countries at the opening ceremony of the 28th annual conference of the International Federation of Airline Pilots' Associations.
Before the conference began, the association told newsmen that i,t deplored snap judgements placing blame for an accident on pilots without a through investigation. The conference is expected to spend a great deal of time discussing last week's collision of two Spanish airliners over French air space.
SYNOPSIS: The 28th annual conference of the International Federation of Airline Pilots began in Tokyo on Wednesday with air safety high on the agenda. About 250 delegates were at the official opening.
Japan's Crown Prince Akihito joined the delegates and their wives from 46 countries for the first day of talks which last until March 22.
Well informed sources said that the major concern of the meeting would be the growing problem of safety on overcrowded world air routes. The pilots are also expected to look for a solution to the 21-day French civilian air controllers strike.
The conference will also discuss hijackings, aircraft noise, and mid-air collisions.