A great number of dead bodies are transported by airplanes everyday. How will pilots report to ATC they are transporting it/them?

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    $\begingroup$ Why would they mention it to ATC? In case of a passenger plane the number of passengers could be mentioned as (number) PAX, everything else is cargo. And as far as i know cargo is never specified to ATC. $\endgroup$ – MadMarky Apr 6 '18 at 13:20
  • $\begingroup$ For sure, as an ATCo, I had to deal with that, as the destination was closed, and they alternated an airport without this structure to support it. $\endgroup$ – eduardoguilherme Apr 6 '18 at 13:57
  • $\begingroup$ Not a dupe but related $\endgroup$ – Dave Apr 6 '18 at 14:09
  • $\begingroup$ A relevant discussion on Pprune. Particularly relevant for Search-and-Rescue (SAR) and medical operations. $\endgroup$ – Fiddlesticks Apr 6 '18 at 14:26

The crew needs to be advised primarily, usually via the NOTOC(Notice to Captain) as this falls under Dangerous Goods classified as HUM under IATA. But indeed, the controllers are not made aware of it, nor is it mentioned in the flight plan( as far as I'm aware).

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