Tuesday, 9 September 2014 - 09:52
Pilots say warzone information withheld
Pilot association groups in The Netherlands are calling on governments to take stricter and clearer measures to fully inform airlines of security information when flying over areas where there is a distinct threat of war, Dutch news sources report. President of the Netherlands pilot association VNV, Steven Verhagen, tells De Telegraaf that governments must come with these measures as soon as possible. Verhagen says that advanced weapons systems land in the wrong hands more and more often, making it even more pressing that pilots receive all security announcements and warnings so that they can trustingly fly from point A to point B safely. The pilot emphasizes the need for governments, authorities and airlines to work together. "Crucial details about unsafe flying routes have to be shared more quickly. We can no longer trust only the current procedures."