Malaysia Transportation Minister: We Need Global Flight Tracking

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October 30, 2014

Malaysia's Transportation Minister has asked the international community to improve real-time tracking of commercial flights across the globe. Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai addressed the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) 203rd session this week, saying more steps need to be taken to improve safety and security in civil aviation around the world in the wake of the recent Malaysia Airlines disasters.

Among the ideas pushed by Liow was to improve aircraft tracking by implementing real-time flight tracking around the world. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from radar on March 8 and has been missing ever since. According to the Star, Liow also highlighted the need for information sharing in the global aviation community when it comes to flight risks. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over a war-torn part of eastern Ukraine in July. On the same topic of MH17, Liow reminded ICAO members of the importance of finalizing thorough investigation into the MH17 shoot down and crash. The investigation has thus far been hampered by ongoing fighting in the region of the crash site.