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(ITU) ITU passes resolution for discussing flight tracking

2014/10/31 17:07

By Kang Yoon-seung

BUSAN, Oct. 31 (Yonhap) -- Members of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) passed a resolution Friday to initiate discussions for real-time flight tracking of civilian aircrafts, a move aimed at bolstering flight safety.

"The new resolution...instructs the forthcoming World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015 to consider global flight tracking in its agenda," the ITU said.

The latest move follows the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in March that took off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing. There were 239 people from at least a dozen countries aboard the flight.

Following the tragedy, Malaysia had urged an international effort to find solutions to tracking commercial aircrafts.

"This resolution will be brought to the attention of the World Radiocommunication Conference at its next meeting in 2015 as well as to the International Civil Aviation Organization, with whom we already have a strong framework of cooperation," the ITU said.

The ITU is an information and communications arm of the U.N. that sets technological standards, allocates radio frequencies and satellite orbits and works to improve the quality of communication services.