UN agency to form airline safety task force after crash

ICAO said it was setting up a task force with the airline industry and other aviation bodies to look at how safety information can be collected and distributed properly.

UN agency to form airline safety task force after crash

World Bulletin/News Desk

The U.N.'s aviation body said on Tuesday it would convene a high-level meeting next February on safety in the wake of the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) also said it was setting up a task force with the airline industry and other aviation bodies to look at how safety information can be collected and distributed properly.

The ICAO made the announcement after a meeting in Montreal with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents most major airlines, and others.

In the wake of the Malaysia Airlines disaster, some in the aviation industry called for the ICAO, which has 191 member nations, to play a larger role in advising airliners about safety risks.

But participants at the Montreal meeting showed little enthusiasm for radically reshaping ICAO to give it power to close air space. Individual nations are currently responsible for their own air space.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, president of the ICAO's governing council, told a news conference after the meeting that the ICAO could only act with the agreement of all of its members.

The United States has already said it was not seeking changes to ICAO's responsibilities.

Global airlines are pushing to get "neutral information" on whether to use or avoid airspace over conflict zones.

Malaysia Air Flight MH17 crashed earlier this month over a rebel-held area of eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. The United States and other Western countries have suggested pro-Russian separatists downed the plane with a surface-to-air missile supplied by Russia.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Temmuz 2014, 23:22

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