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Aviation Trade Groups Lambaste Attack on Malaysian Airliner, Seek Governments' Protection

Several passenger and airfreight trade organizations have jointly condemned use of weapons against civil aviation.

“The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is unacceptable,” the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said in its statement. It was joined by  the International Air Transport Association, Airports Council International and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization.

“Our organizations wish to convey our deepest condolences to the families of the passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic event. While aviation is the safest form of transport, the MH17 incident has raised troubling concerns with respect to civilian aircraft operating to, from and over conflict zones.”

The organizations met at ICAO on Tuesday to review potential responses to the issues. “We recognize the essential need for information and intelligence that might affect the safety of our passengers and crew,” ICAO said. “This is a highly complex and politically sensitive area of international coordination, involving not only civil aviation regulations and procedures but also state national security and intelligence gathering activities.”

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