MH 17: The World’s Airspace closed through Ukraine-like NOTAM prohibitions should be examined by ICAO and/or the UN

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There are many disturbing aspects of the MH 17 tragedy and the potential for further debate on aspects of this crash—the need for an international organization to investigate such accidents, the propriety of sending NTSB to the Ukraine, the benefit of equipping civil aircraft with defense systems to protect against such missiles in the future, to name but a few obvious issues.

The FAA has published a revised NOTAM (below) to expand the prohibited airspace around the Ukraine. It was one of a number of such orders advising US carriers to fly around air traffic sectors which involve substantial risk (some of the information included in that page does not include the same prohibition). These NOTAMs are summarized in the above map. It is clear that a substantial segment of international airspace pose risks to civil aviation.

It would appear appropriate that ICAO should examine the proliferation of such prohibited airspace. If this trend continues, substantial interference with international air transportation could result. What measures may be appropriate within ICAO should be discussed. It may be that the proper forum for addressing this military/quasi-military threat is ICAO’s parent organization, the United Nations.

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2 Comments on "MH 17: The World’s Airspace closed through Ukraine-like NOTAM prohibitions should be examined by ICAO and/or the UN"

  1. More detail about the above map–http://blogs.marketwatch.com/themargin/2014/07/21/6-countries-that-u-s-airlines-are-prohibited-from-flying-over/

  2. add Israel to the map–http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=16694

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