ICCA members killed in South America plane crash

A small plane carrying eight ICCA members including the president of Buenos Aires CVB crashed on Thursday 19 March near Punta del Este, Uruguay, with no survivors.

La Rural venue, Buenos Aires
La Rural venue, Buenos Aires

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk released a statement on Friday (20 March) that said: "We send our deepest condolences, and express our shock and sadness at the tragic deaths of executives and Board members from La Rural, the venue for this year’s ICCA Congress, our friend Carlos de Elias, owner of Congress Rental SA and President of Buenos Aires CVB, and other industry executives.

"A small plane carrying the eight individuals named below and two pilots crashed shortly after take-off on the night of Thursday 19 March near Punta del Este in Uruguay, with no survivors.

"We join our Argentinean ICCA colleagues in mourning this great loss, on behalf of the ICCA Board, staff and members all around the world, and will remember them when we meet together in Buenos Aires this November."

Marcelo Zarco (48), Operations Director, La Rural
Horacio Peñaflor (48), Trade Show Services Manager, La Rural
Alfredo Dietrich (51), La Rural
Joanna Mc Cormack (41), La Rural
Gustavo Pera (57), La Rural
Carlos de Elías (55), Congress Rental SA and President of Buenos Aires CVB
Mario Barba (41), Connectis ICT Services SA
Marta Pires Vieira (40), Dorier Group LatAm

Rural SA said in a statement on its website: "The Rural SA is in constant communication with authorities in Uruguay to find out what happened.

"The company is giving the families involved all the support required during this difficult time. The ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency Argentina) has made available an aircraft for travel to Uruguay, a trip that will be accompanied by officials from La Rural SA."

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