Date
25 September 2017
The International Civil Aviation Organization wants to clarify rules and roles for aviation search and rescue operations. Photo: Bloomberg
The International Civil Aviation Organization wants to clarify rules and roles for aviation search and rescue operations. Photo: Bloomberg

MH370 response prompts search and rescue rethink

The confusion and chaos that followed the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has prompted an industry-wide rethink of search and rescue operations, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

The United Nation’s International Civil Aviation Organization is considering revisions to drills and practices, clearly defining who should do what when in an emergency, the report said.

The changes would clarify the roles of controllers, airline dispatchers, the military and other government agencies in a crisis, underlining the need to combine civilian and military resources and information, it said. 

The ICAO is also pushing for more frequent training sessions featuring actual planes, helicopters, ships and emergency personnel deployed in the field.

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