Calling the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 an “unprecedented tragedy,” Tony Tyler, director general and chief executive officer of the International Air Transport Association, announced his agency would be putting together a task force to look into the flight’s disappearance.
The Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared March 8. Expansive and intense search efforts by a number of nations have so far turned up no clues about the plane’s fate.
During the opening session Tuesday morning at the CNS Partnership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Tyler announced that the task force, with the help of the International Air Cargo Association, would start work in the next week or so. The group will look at aircraft tracking improvements and communication upgrades, among other ideas.
When the plane disappeared, there was a lot of “surprise and shock, including to a lot of people in our own industry, that an airplane can get lost,” he said.
“Until the aircraft is found, we won’t know why it ended up wherever it is,” he continued, noting that the task force will work quickly to put together a proposal to make sure history doesn't repeat.
There is no timeline for the implementation of whatever the task force recommends, but Tyler said he would like to present a proposal at IATA’s year-end board meeting.