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MH370: Global airline body calls for urgent action on aircraft tracking and sharing of passenger data

Published on Apr 1, 2014 10:34 AM
 
Mr Tony Tyler, director-general of the International Air Transport Association, said that while it may be many years before the truth about the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is known, there are processes that need to be fixed. -- BT FILE PHOTO: YEN MENG JIIN  

A global airline body has called for a common industry position on global tracking of aircraft, and for governments to make more effective use of passenger data that carriers spend millions each year gathering.

Mr Tony Tyler, director-general and chief executive of the International Air Transport Association (Iata), said that while it may be many years before the truth about the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 is known, there are processes that need to be fixed.

"In a world where our every move seems to be tracked, there is disbelief both that an aircraft could simply disappear and that the black box is so difficult to recover... We cannot let another aircraft simply disappear," he said in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

The box, located at the tail end of a plane, contains the cockpit voice and flight data recorders. These record conversations between pilots in the cockpit as well as between them and air traffic controllers. The box also preserves data on the position and speed of the aircraft that can prove crucial in determining the cause of aircraft accidents.

 
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