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Industry seeks better tracking of planes

Tony Tyler of the International Air Transport Association said recommendations will be presented to a UN agency.
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Tony Tyler of the International Air Transport Association said recommendations will be presented to a UN agency.

DOHA, Qatar — An organization representing airlines worldwide will offer a list of recommendations in September to improve the tracking of aircraft after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the group’s director said Monday.

Tony Tyler made the comments at the annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association, three months after the disappearance of the Malaysian plane with 239 people aboard. The IATA represents 240 airlines carrying 84 percent of all passengers and cargo worldwide.

The hunt for Flight 370 has turned up no confirmed sign of the Boeing 777, which vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Authorities believe the plane turned sharply and flew to the southern Indian Ocean. Not a piece of it has been found.

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Tyler said that until the aviation industry knows what happened and what caused the airplane to disappear, there is not much to do to prevent it from happening again.

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He said what airlines can do is work on better tracking because aircraft ‘‘simply cannot disappear like this again.’’

The industry is looking at methods to continuously track aircraft in ways that do not require a constant stream of data, which may not be manageable for tens of thousands of planes each day.

Tyler said the draft of recommendations will be presented to the UN International Civil Aviation Organization in September and followed up by the IATA in December.

‘‘We need to take a global mind-set to problems like this because we don’t want to be in a position where one government or regulatory body requires us to do it one way in one place and we have to do it a different way in a different place,’’ he said.