The news of the airplane crash of flight ZU522 of HELIOS Airways of Sunday August 14th 2005 from Larnaca to Athens and Prague have travelled the world and schocked everyone with its mystery. There were no survivors from the tragic accident, affecting a big number of families in the small island of Cyprus, while everybody struggles to come to terms with this disaster.
Please find below a fax which was sent by Captain Adami to the Department of Merchant Shipping in the days that followed the tragic event, offering moral support and sympathy to the affected families. Following the fax, please also find two respective replies sent by Mr. Serghios Serghiou / Director of the Department of Merchang Shipping to Captain Adami and by Mr. Iacovos Demetriou / Acting Director of the Department of Civil Aviation.
Mr. S. Sergiou
Ministry of Communication and Works
Department of Merchant Shipping
Cc: Cyprus Shipping Council
Mr. Thomas Kazakos
Subject: HELIOS flight ZU522 - sympathy from the Shipping Industry
August 18, 2005
Dear Mr. Sergiou,
We all in Intership Navigation and all its affiliated companies have been devastated when we heard about the loss of the HELIOS airplane with the flight ZU522 which crashed with all passengers and crew on board.
The entire Intership Navigation office staff as well as our crew members serving on all Cyprus-flag vessels would like to express their condolences to the families of the victims. At the same time we appreciate the professional way in which the Cyprus Government is handling these difficult affairs.
In line with the official Government announcement for a three-day mourning period we have asked our Masters with the attached message to fly the Cyprus National Flag at half-mast for three days. Furthermore, please find also attached just one example-message received from the Master of our UBC Tampico expressing the crews’ condolences and deepest sympathy to those who lost their dear ones in the tragic accident.
We kindly request to convey Intership Navigations condolences as well as our actions to the appropriate persons in order to render efficient moral support.
Captain Eugen-Henning Adami
Intership Navigation Company Limited