Global aviation body sets up safety task force after MH17 disaster
Published on Jul 30, 2014 3:53 AM
SINGAPORE - The United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is setting up a task force to address security "gaps" that led to the crash of a Malaysia Airlines jet on July 17.
Flight MH17 was carrying 298 passengers and crew when it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile missile while crossing eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting government forces.
The high-level task force to be set up within a week will comprise among other members, representatives from ICAO member states, airlines and security agencies.
A key focus will be to develop a mechanism that will allow the industry to better gather and disseminate information that will help airlines assess the risks associated with flying over conflict zones, said ICAO president, Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, at a news conference in Montreal. Canada on Tuesday following an urgent industry meeting.
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