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Aviation summit today over shooting down of MH17

July 29, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59With the airline industry in shock after the loss of three passenger planes in a week, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has stressed that flying is stil very safe.

IATA will attend a special high-level meeting today (Tuesday 29 July 2014) at the UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to discuss issues surrounding the downing of MH17.

The meeting will be held at ICAO’s Montreal Headquarters, in the presence of both the Secretary General and the President of the Council. IATA’s Director-General and CEO Tony Tyler will attend, along with the Directors-General of Airports Council International (ACI) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO). The meeting will discuss appropriate actions to be pursued in order to more effectively mitigate potential risks to civil aviation arising from conflict zones.

Tyler extended his “heartfelt sorrow goes to all those who have lost their lives in these tragedies”.

He said the industry’s thoughts and prayers were with their families and loved ones.

“Every accident is one too many. The greatest respect that we can pay to the memory of those involved is to leave nothing unturned in our quest to understand the cause and to take steps to ensure that it is not repeated.

“With three tragedies in such quick succession, many people will, understandably, be asking questions about aviation safety. Our number one priority is safety. And despite the events of the past seven days, flying is safe.

“Every day, approximately 100,000 flights take to the sky and land without incident. In 2013 more than three billion people flew and there were 210 fatalities. Regrettably, we have surpassed that number already this year. But even so, getting on an aircraft is still among the safest activities that one can do.

“Safeguarding our customers from harm as we transport them around the world is core to the mission of the aviation industry. It has been that way throughout our development over the last century. And we continue to do everything in our power to make flying ever safer.”

The meeting of ICAO and senior officials from IATA and air traffic controllers, to be held in Montreal today, comes amid growing demands that the shooting down of a civil airliner, which killed 298 people, must never be repeated.

Industry figures have urged ICAO to take on a bigger role and issue risk advisories.

Written by Peter Needham

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