Task force to tackle risks in conflict zones

Official aviation bodies will create a task force to examine the risks to civil aviation in conflict zones following the destruction of flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Official aviation bodies will create a task force to examine the risks to civil aviation in conflict zones following the destruction of flight MH17 in Ukraine.

ICAO, IATA, the Airports Council International and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation met yesterday (29 July) to review what should be done to address risks to commercial aircraft.

The bodies will “immediately” establish a senior task force to “address the civil aviation and national security issues arising from MH17”. In particular, the group will examine how threat information is collected and shared.

The aviation industry has also called for fail-safe channels for threat information to be disseminated and for international laws governing the design, manufacture and deployment of modern anti-aircraft weaponry.

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