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Shock and sadness at plane crash involving Argentinian ICCA colleagues

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 Argentinian 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


ICCA President Nina Freysen-Pretorius sends her condolences to family, friends and colleagues affected by the plane crash involving Argentinian ICCA colleagues: