ICAO to set up task force in wake of downing of Malaysia Airlines flight

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The UN body that governs civil aviation says it is setting up a task force aimed at improving security measures in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

The plane was shot down in mid-July by a surface-to-air missile while flying over a war-torn section of Ukraine.

Top officials from four international organizations met in Montreal today to discuss risks to civilian aviation in conflict zones.

The head of the International Civil Aviation Organization told a news conference that the agency will convene a high-level safety meeting with its 191 member states in February 2015. The task force will present its report then.

Raymond Benjamin says states have also been reminded of their responsibilities to address any potential risks to civil aviation in their air space.

"(We) jointly express the strong condemnation of the use of weapons against civil aviation," Benjamin told a news conference at ICAO's headquarters in Montreal.
 
Benjamin also said there is a pressing need for information and intelligence that can potentially affect the safety of passengers and crew members.

“This is a highly complex and politically sensitive area of international co-ordination involving not only civil aviation regulations and procedures but also state national security and intelligence-gathering activities," Benjamin said.

"The MH17 incident has demonstrated that there may be gaps in the system that need to be closed," said director general and CEO of IATA Tony Tyler, who insisted that air travel remains safe.

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  1. Joseph posted on 07/30/2014 03:26 AM
    ICAO will do nothing with all their meetings and talks. The people responsible that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 will never face justice.
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