People place flowers at Dutch embassy in Kyiv after Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 originating in Amsterdam crashed in Eastern Ukraine.

ICAO to set up task force in wake of downing of MH17 flight

MONTREAL — The UN body that governs civil aviation says it is setting up a task force aimed at improving security measures in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

The plane was shot down in mid-July by a surface-to-air missile while flying over a war-torn section of Ukraine.

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Top officials from four international organizations met in Montreal today to discuss risks to civilian aviation in conflict zones.

The head of the International Civil Aviation Organization told a news conference that the agency will convene a high-level safety meeting with its 191 member states in February 2015.

Raymond Benjamin says states have also been reminded of their responsibilities to address any potential risks to civil aviation in their air space.

Benjamin also said there is a pressing need for information and intelligence that can potentially affect the safety of passengers and crew members.

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