ICAO calls special meeting on global airline flight tracking

The International Civil Aviation Organization is calling a special meeting next month, to deal with the missing Malaysian airliner flight MH370.

State and industry executives will meet May 12th and 13th in Montreal to discuss the global tracking of airline flights.

Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said the ICAO will use the meeting to advance talks on aircraft and satallite capabilities needed for worldwide flight tracking.

"The loss of an aircraft and any loss of life are always of utmost concern to ICAO and to the entire air transport community," President Aliu said. "The unprecedented and unusual circumstances of flight MH 370 have been particularly difficult for civil aviation officials to to resolve at this point, and the lack of definitive answers has been much harder still for victims' families to come to terms with. They, above all, will benefit from the fuller explanation of this accident."

Flight MH-370 was carrying 239 people -- including two Canadians -- when it vanished March 8th.

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  1. ric posted on 04/07/2014 01:26 PM
    You'd think that in this age of electronics that they'd install a tracking device that is inaccessible to pilots, crew or passengers. At least in the event of an accident or hijacking, they'd have an idea of the whereabouts of the aircraft. This whole Malaysian incident has been an embarrassing fiasco.
  2. Bates Sule posted on 04/09/2014 07:46 AM
    For ICAO to show concern and summon this meeting is a welcome idea. Why not invite IATA too since they are the operators. Currently there are two major flight tracking systems used by most airlines worldwide, ACARS and AFIRS. AFIRS I believe is a more advanced technology whereby an aircraft can be tracked real time and on time including real time engine monitoring, global voice communications amongst others. The end result should be a policy compelling all aircraft to instal flight tracking systems that are very current in technology.
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