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MH370 spurs ICAO to host global flight tracking meeting

May 13, 2014, Montreal - Spurred by the crash of a Malaysian airliner in March, the International Civil Aviation Organization held a special meeting Monday to look at the global tracking of airline flights.


May 13, 2014
By Peter Rakobowchuk The Canadian Press

May 13, 2014, Montreal – Spurred by the crash of a Malaysian airliner in March, the International Civil Aviation Organization held a special meeting Monday to look at the global tracking of airline flights.

The UN agency that governs civil aviation was expected to come up with a number of recommendations by the end of its meeting on Tuesday, when a news conference is scheduled.

ICAO and the International Air Transport Association are looking at better airline flight tracking, with both global organizations hoping to collaborate in the short term on voluntary actions.

This isn't the first time ICAO has looked at the issue.

A background paper says a high-level safety conference in 2010 discussed situations where accidents occurred over the high seas, including the crash of Air France flight AF 447 a year earlier.

The Paris-Rio de Janeiro flight crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, killing all 228 people aboard the Airbus.

After the tragedy, France's accident investigation bureau recommended that ICAO study the possibility of making it mandatory for aircraft on public flights to regularly transmit basic flight information like position, altitude, speed and heading. | READ MORE