Airliners should report position every 15 min, suggests UN aviation body

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Passenger planes should start reporting their position every 15 minutes, according to a proposal by the UN aviation body, ICAO.

The new standard would be part of a global tracking initiative in the aftermath of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The loss of MH370 last March sparked a global drive for a system that would make it possible to pinpoint the exact route and last location of an aircraft.

John Illson, Chief of ICAO's Operational Safety Section says the standard, if adopted, could go into effect soon.

"Well the proposal is to ensure that aircraft operating in oceanic airspace that is not covered by an air navigation surveillance system such as radar, that these aircrafts report the back to their operations at least on a 15 minute basis to ensure that the position of the aircraft is known on a more frequent basis that is currently the situation today."

ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organization, would like the tracking system to become effective as early as this year so that airlines could begin to implement the procedures.

Countries would need time to create the regulations and rules before the standard become mandatory, adds Illson.

ICAO could effectively force airlines to act because the standards it sets typically become regulatory requirements in its 191 member states.

But the agency prefers to make decisions by consensus.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’45”


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