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According to 14 CFR 243.3 [Title 14 -- Aeronautics and Space; Chapter II Office of the Secretary, Department of Transportation (Aviation Proceedings); Subchapter A Economic Regulations; Part 243 Passenger Manifest Information], Aviation Disaster means:
“(1) An occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft that takes place between the time any passengers have boarded the aircraft with the intention of flight and the time all such persons have disembarked or have been removed from the aircraft, and in which any person suffers death or serious injury, and in which the death or injury was caused by a crash, fire, collision, sabotage or accident;
(2) A missing aircraft; or
(3) An act of air piracy”.