Distinguished Lecture featuring Kendra St Charles
Women in Aviation,Cleveland Chapter and The Ohio Aerospace Institute featuring: Kendra St Charles, a passenger on USAir Flight 405 that crashed shortly after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport on March 22, 1992. She survived the crash suffering second and third degree burns and a punctured lung. Others seated nearby did not survive.
Ms. St. Charles joined other victims and survivors whose post-crash support was very limited with the goal of improving air transportation safety and security including post-incident crisis management. Together they founded the “National Air disaster Alliance (NADA)” in 1995. In 1996, Ms. St. Charles testified in Congress to encourage the legislation of what became the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996, which created the Office of Transportation Disaster Assistance (TDA) at the National Transportation Safety Board.
Since 2000, she has worked with the “Air Crash Victims Family Group” on issues regarding air transportation safety, security and post-crash crisis management worldwide. By invitation, Ms. St. Charles has assisted multiple air carriers with the development of training for key personnel in being responsive to family needs in the event of a major accident. Currently, Ms. St. Charles participates in the provision of crisis training and emergency response planning, with emphasis on responsible humanitarian assistance during a time of crisis. For more about Kendra's story, http://crashingintolife.com/the-story/
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