Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Global Impact: ICAO Schedule to Meet in Montreal in August Re: Conflict Zones

According to Reuters, the safety task force formed by the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will meet in Montreal, to discuss the downing of MH17 in the Ukraine. 

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced the task force on flights in conflict zones last week, as airlines and industry groups said they needed better threat data.

COMMENT: The task force's findings will be submitted to a special meeting of ICAO's governing council "within weeks," the agency said. 

ICAO cannot open or close airspace in conflict zones and does not offer specific guidance on where missiles might threaten civil airliners.

The United States has said pro-Russian separatists probably shot down the Malaysian airliner last month by mistake with a Russian-made missile. The rebels and Moscow have blamed the downing on Kiev's campaign to quell the separatists' uprising.