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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on the lack of defibrillators on aircraft

Mario Borghezio

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the lack of defibrillators on aircraft  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the use of aircraft as a means of transport is growing significantly and steadily;

B.  whereas in Europe the carriage of defibrillators on aircraft is optional, unlike in the USA where it has been compulsory for aircraft to carry them since 2004;

C.  whereas it is vital to have a defibrillator on board aircraft, both for use on passengers if required and to prepare for the possibility that pilots could become ill, which would endanger passengers’ lives;

D.  whereas at present, in view of Annex 6 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation – Doc 7300, Attachment B, Medical Supplies, supplementing Chapter 6, Section 6.2.2 (a), point 1.2, the presence of a defibrillator on board is not mandatory for operators but, rather, is a recommendation based on the results of a risk assessment;

E.  whereas risk assessments concerning health, in general, and on flights, in particular, are completely unpredictable;

1.  Calls on the relevant institutions within the European Union and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to review the carriage of defibrillators on flights and change it from a recommendation to a mandatory requirement, regardless of the flight distance.

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