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WFP plane crash

Information as of 13 November

A WFP-chartered aircraft crashed 15 km north of Pristina on 12 November, killing all 24 passengers and crew aboard. The Pristinabound plane which departs daily from Rome was expected to arrive at its destination at 11:30. The last radio contact with the plane was at 11:15. Upon learning of the news of the plane's disappearance, WFP contacted KFOR in Pristina to begin a search and rescue mission. The plane was located later on Friday evening. WFP set up a crisis communications room at its Rome headquarters to deal with the various aspects of the crisis.

Below is the complete list of passenger names, all of whom worked for UN agencies, aid organisations or government agencies. Three of the passengers were WFP staff.

Bazzoni, Roberto Italian Caritas Sardinia
Biocca, Paola Italian WFP
Curry, Andrea Irish GOAL
Davoli, Velmore Italian Gruppo Volontariato Civile
Evens, Nicolas Ian Philip British Tearfund
Faisal, Abdulla Kenya UNV
Gavino, Marco Italian UNMIK
Lay, Kevin British Tearfund
Liuzzi, Raffaella Italian Boyden
Martinez-Vasquez, Miguel Spanish UNMIK
Martinez, Jose Maria Spanish UNMIK
Mirshahidul, Alam Bangladeshi UNMIK
Perez Fortes, J. Spanish UNMIK
Powell, Richard Walker Australian WFP
Rowan, Daniel Canadian Canadian Government
Samer, Thabit Iraqi WFP
Sarro, Paola Italian Terre des hommes
Scotti, Laura Italian AiBi
Sircana, Antonio Italian Caritas Sardinia
Zecchi, Carlo Italian Gruppo Volontariato Civile
Ziegler, Julia German International Crisis Group
Maccaferro, Andrea Italian Air Operator Balmoral
Canzolino, Antonio Italian Air Operator Balmoral
Piazza, Katia Italian Air Operator Balmoral


WFP Executive Director Catherine Bertini publicly offered condolences to the family members and friends of all the victims.

The WFP air bridge from Rome to Pristina for Kosovo operations staff will resume regular flights on 16 November.

From: WFP Emergency Report. For further information contact: Deborah Hicks <>

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WFP plane crash. Field Exchange 8, November 1999. p13.



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