Exclusive: U.S. to back new system warning airlines in conflict zones




 
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January 22nd, 2015  
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Topic: Exclusive: U.S. to back new system warning airlines in conflict zones


By Allison Martell and Allison Lampert TORONTO/MONTREAL (Reuters) - The United States will throw its support behind a proposal by the U.N.'s aviation agency to share information about risks to commercial aircraft over conflict zones after the downing of a Malaysian jet in Ukraine last year, according to a senior U.S. official. The U.N. agency's plan falls short of what airlines sought in the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash in July, which was for vetted, comprehensive intelligence. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will propose a test system at a major safety conference that kicks off on Feb. 2 in Montreal. The plan entails ICAO running a central website where states and agencies can publish information about conflict zones.




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