Global Aviation Accidents: UN to Form Safety Task Force, Gov'ts Should Share Intelligence Info to Avert Future Incidents on Flying Over Warzones (PHOTOS)

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    Foreign citizens working and living in Ukraine wave the flags of their countries during a rally demanding justice for the victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, at Independence Square in Kiev July 27, 2014. Nearly 300 people, 193 of them Dutch citizens, were killed when the Malaysia Airlines plane en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was brought down in eastern Ukraine, where separatists are battling government forces, on July 17. REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER TRANSPORT CIVIL UNREST) Reuters
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    People release balloons to pay their respects during a national day of mourning for the victims killed in Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane disaster, in Amsterdam July 23, 2014. The bodies of the first victims from a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week arrived back in the Netherlands on Wednesday amid dignified grief tinged with anger. Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in memory of the 298 people killed when flight MH17 crashed in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists, in the first national day of mourning since wartime Queen Wilhelmina died in 1962. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares (NETHERLANDS - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER) REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares
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    A row of hearses carrying victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane disaster are escorted on highway A27 near Nieuwegein by military police, on their way to be identified by forensic experts in Hilversum, July 23, 2014. The bodies of the first victims from the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week arrived back in the Netherlands on Wednesday amid dignified grief tinged with anger. King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte led dignitaries on the tarmac as two military aircraft carrying 40 plain wooden coffins landed at Eindhoven Airport in the southern Netherlands. REUTERS/Marco de Swart (NETHERLANDS - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER) REUTERS/Marco de Swart
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    A piece of the wreckage is seen at a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Petropavlivka (Petropavlovka), Donetsk region July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (UKRAINE - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER) REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev
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    An armed pro-Russian separatist (foreground) guards a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (UKRAINE - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER) REUTERS
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    Spectators watch a convoy of hearses carrying victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane disaster on highway A27 near Nieuwegein on their way to be identified by forensic experts in Hilversum, July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos ( NETHERLANDS - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER POLITICS) REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/Uni
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    An expert of Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) photographs the portrait of a victim of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 airliner, during a memorial ceremony at Liberty Square in Kharkiv July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko (UKRAINE - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT) REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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    A woman takes a photograph of wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 26, 2014. Nearly 300 people, 193 of them Dutch citizens, were killed when the Malaysia Airlines plane en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was brought down in eastern Ukraine, where separatists are battling government forces, on July 17. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER TRANSPORT CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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    Cows graze near the wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 26, 2014. Nearly 300 people, 193 of them Dutch citizens, were killed when the Malaysia Airlines plane en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was brought down in eastern Ukraine, where separatists are battling government forces, on July 17. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER TRANSPORT CIVIL UNREST) REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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    Flowers and mementos left by local residents lie on wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region in this July 19, 2014 file photo. To match Special Report UKRAINE-CRISIS/ARMS REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev/Files (UKRAINE - Tags: TRANSPORT POLITICS DISASTER CIVIL UNREST) REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev/Files
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The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has said it will be creating a task force on airline safety in light of the fatal downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 over war-torn Ukraine. This, as the global aviation industry rallied that governments must relay or share intelligence information to avert future incidents on flying over war-zone declared areas.

Tony Tyler, head of the International Air Transport Association representing 240 global airlines, said what happened to Malaysia Airlines MH17 was "an attack on the whole air transport industry."

"And the world's airlines are angry," he said.

He said the fatal tragedy could have been prevented if only the global aviation industry was being truthfully guided on what's allowed and not. It is their moral duty, he stressed.

He said airlines were directed that flying over Ukraine was allowed and that no harm would happen as long as their altitude was above 32,000 feet. "We now know how wrong that guidance was."

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And most unfortunately, Malaysia Airlines MH17 was not aware that pro-Russian separatist rebels were equipped with weapons capable of downing a jet at cruising altitude.

"Airlines need clear and accurate information on which to base operational decisions on where and when safe it's to fly," Tyler stressed.

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Raymond Benjamin, ICAO Secretary-General, said there is a pressing need for airlines to be kept in the loop of information and intelligence sharing so as to ensure the safety of passengers and crew members whenever flying over warzones. ICAO's functions are limited, in that it cannot open or close airspace. Individual countries are basically responsible for their own airspace.

"Airlines do not have CIA operatives working for them. At the end of the day, airlines have to decide whether to fly or not based on accurate information," Reuters earlier quoted an unidentified source from a European-based airline industry. The lack of intelligence sharing, the source stressed, "does not make it easy for airlines."

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Moreover, Tyler pointed out that civil aircraft should never be a target of weapons of war because they are instruments of peace.

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