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Global conflict areas challenge aviation safety oversight
Global conflict areas challenge aviation safety oversight

The United Nations agency responsible for coordinating international aviation safety has called a high-level conference in February for its 191 member states to address issues raised by the July 17 downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet flying over strife-torn eastern Ukraine. But the International Civil Aviation Organization, which met this week in Montreal with representatives of pilots, airlines and air-traffic control organizations, conceded that major obstacles stand in the way of compelling states to give honest assessments of the risks of commercial flights over their territory. A case in point arose Wednesday when the Iraqi government insisted that its airspace was safe, despite fear...

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