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The United Nations’ civil aviation body is to form a task force to address safety issues after the MH17 crash over Ukraine earlier this month.
The ICAO and other state and industry experts will look at how relevant information can be effectively collected and distributed properly.
Following the MH17 crash, which killed 298 people after being shot down over East Ukraine, leading industry figures urged the ICAO to play a larger role in advising airlines over safety risks.
IATA, which is one of the organisations in the task force, said it wants ICAO to address two “critical tasks”. The first is to ensure that governments provide airlines with better information with which to make risk assessments of the various threats they face.
The second is to find ways through international law that will oblige governments to better control weapons which have the capability to pose a danger to civil aviation.
“The tragic shooting-down of MH17 was an attack on the whole air transport industry. The world’s airlines are angry. Civil aircraft are instruments of peace,” said IATA’s director general and CEO Tony Tyler.
“They should not be the target of weapons of war. That is enshrined in international law through the Chicago Convention,” he added.
Earlier this week Emirates confirmed it is to stop flying over Iraq due to fears of a militant attack. CEO and president Tim Clark said the MH17 crash in Ukraine had "changed everything" and said other airlines that use Iraqi airspace will soon “follow suit” and re-route their flights.
A week after the Malaysia Airlines crash US and European airlines halted flights to Israel after a plane was diverted when a rocket landed close to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport.