July 24 The United States is not currently
seeking changes to the U.N. aviation body's guidelines on global
aviation following the downing of a Malaysian airline over
Ukraine last week and the disappearance of another airliner in
March, a senior State Department official said on Thursday.
The Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organisation
(ICAO) plans a meeting of top officials from the airline
industry and air traffic controllers in Montreal next week,
sources said, to discuss the respective roles of each in
airspace over conflict zones.
"At this time, the United States is not seeking any changes
to ICAO standards or recommended practices as a result of the
crash of MH17 and the disappearance of Malaysia Air 370," the
official told Reuters.
"We are aware, however, that there are calls for new global
air tracking regulations in response to MH370, and we have heard
of a call by Emirates Airlines for IATA to review security
protocols for flights above conflict zones."
"We plan to participate in any ICAO-led reviews related to
these events to determine whether changes are called for."
(Reporting by Allison Martell in Toronto; Editing by Amran
Abocar and Meredith Mazzilli)