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Tomorrow Sunday 20 February 2022 is the first ever ‘International day of victims of air accidents and their families” which has been approved by the ICAO.

The commemoration brings together everyone to remember those that have perished in air crashes all around the world and to see what more can be done to further improve airline safety.

Our thoughts are with those that died in the British Airtours disaster at Manchester Airport on 22 August 1985 at just after 7 am, this was a dreadful incident where the majority of people died simply because they could not get out of the burning aircraft although fortunately 82 people survived the disaster.

From that one disaster came changes that meant people could get out faster in the event of fire, and less toxic materials are used to prevent people from chocking on toxic fumes.

A memorial can be seen with the names of the 149 people who died on the grounds of Manchester Airport.

You can view the commemoration by clicking this link at 2pm tomorrow.

Crispin Orr, Chief Inspector of Air Accidents said: “The International Civil Aviation Organisation has recently designated 20 February as the International Day for Commemorating Air Crash Victims and their Families. We join colleagues around the world in remembering all those who have lost their lives in aircraft accidents over the years and their families. We acknowledge the gravity of their loss and will continue to do all we can to ensure that the causes of each tragedy are identified and action taken to prevent recurrence. But on this day of commemoration, more so than ever, our thoughts are with all those who have been affected.”