Agreement on global flight tracking could prevent "tragic loss" of planes

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ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. Photo: ITU/D. Woldu

A new agreement on radio frequency space for tracking airliners could help prevent the loss of another passenger plane like Malaysian Airlines flight, MH370.

That's the hope of delegates attending the UN World Radio communication Conference in Geneva on Wednesday.

Veronica Reeves reports.

The agreement was made possible by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) which has allocated a new radio frequency band which will allow international flights to be tracked much more accurately, wherever they around the world.

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, disappeared in March last year, after tracking devices lost its position. No trace has been found of the 239 people on board.

The hope is that the improved technology, which involves bouncing signals off satellites, will make it much easier to track the exact position of aircraft in real time, even when they are in remote locations.

The ITU Secretary-General said that the union had responded in "record time" and would continue to make every effort to improve tracking for civil aviation, moving forward.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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