Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 09:05
Report: Secret plan to keep Dutch planes away from war zones
The Netherlands is working on a safety plan to keep Dutch planes away from conflict areas, sources surrounding the discussions of this plan told the Telegraaf. Authorities and intelligence agencies are involved in the formation of this plan. Earlier this week it was revealed that, a year after the disaster with flight MH17, dozens of passenger planes are still flying over war zones. Seeming to indicate that the aviation sector did not learn anything from the disaster. Flight MH17 was shot down while flying over eastern Ukraine - where pro-Russian separatists are fighting the Ukrainian army. Dutch companies and Dutch pilots are now pressuring the authorities to do something about this, the Telegraaf reports. KLM and pilots' club VNV confirmed the talks of a safety plan to the newspaper. KLM head of security Ben Swagerman told the newspaper that ICAO-IATA Task Force isn't doing much to contain overflight risks and the central database also provides nothing. "Everyone is waiting for the Research Council's final report in October." VNV-foreman Steven Verhagen thinks the Netherlands should first get everything in order in-house. "You start with improvements to give crucial information to the aviation sector in a timely manner. "