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Discussions underway for IATA ICAO meeting next week

MONTREAL — Discussions are underway to set up a meeting of representatives of various international organizations and states that are involved in the airline industry.

A spokeswoman for the International Air Transport Association, which represents air carriers, says a meeting is in the works next week but has not yet been confirmed.

Mona Aubin confirms discussions are being held, with the get-together expected to be officially confirmed Friday.

The meeting would take place after a spate of aviation disasters.

An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared today and likely crashed. There were 116 people aboard, including five Canadians.

Flyers around the globe have been on edge ever since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared in March on its way to Beijing. Searchers have yet to find a single piece of wreckage from the jet with 239 people on board.

Last week, a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down by a surface-to-air missile while flying over a war-torn section of Ukraine. A Canadian was among the almost 300 who died in that disaster.

The back-to-back disasters involving Boeing 777s flown by the same airline were too much of a coincidence for many flyers.

The International Civil Aviation Organization, the UN body that governs civil aviation, says it has been consulting with various organizations about their roles in assessing the risks posed to airspace.

The consultations involve ICAO, IATA and a number of other regional aviation organizations.