UN’s aviation council recently announced that real time tracking of airliners will be introduced in order to avoid disappearances like that of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 two years back. The airliner had vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8th March 2014. It had 239 passengers and crew on board. Two years have passed by but the mystery still remains unsolved.
ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organisation in Montreal has adopted some new measures that require an aircraft to have tracking devices that can transmit the location information at least once a minute when in trouble. Thus such devices can effectively provide real time updates of the airliner. Another measure to be adopted in response to the MH370 mystery is the extension of the duration of cockpit voice recording to 25 hours. These changes will come to effect between now and 2021.
The Malaysia-led international team of aviation experts that were set up to investigate the plane’s disappearance, also issued an annual progress report. But the statement had no new insights on what had caused the jet to vanish. The authorities believe that the Boeing 777 had detoured to the remote southern Indian Ocean and had plunged into the water. Last year, a wing fragment that was confirmed to be from MH370 was found on an island thousands of kilometres from the search area. This delivered the first proof that the plane went down.