Airplanes Need Better Information over Conflict Areas
More than four years after a Malaysian passenger plane was shot down in eastern Ukraine, airlines still need better information to fly safely over conflict areas.
The Dutch Safety Board made the comment in a report about the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014.
The report said a missile launched from territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels shot downed the airplane. All 298 people inside were killed. Plane parts were spread widely across fields in Ukraine.
An international criminal investigation is continuing to seek and try those accused in the attack. The Netherlands and Australia have said they hold Russia responsible for supplying the missile to the rebels.
Tjibbe Joustra is the safety board's chairman. He said progress has been made since the downing of flight MH17.
Joustra said nations and international organizations such as the European Commission are working together better to improve intelligence sharing.
The report said, "Airlines are taking a more structured approach to analyzing the risks and uncertainties...."
But it also said more needs to be done.
The board statement said few nations dealing with conflicts had made changes to how they administer their airspace. It also said that airlines require more detailed and complex information to correctly judge risks.
Joustra said he saw little action on a proposal by the board to close airspaces or to restrict parts of the skies above conflict areas. He said national interests could be preventing such safety actions.
"If you close your airspace, it is a very public admission that you are no longer in charge of your own territory or skies," Joustra said.
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1.conflict areas 冲突地区
It says hundreds of thousands of people die every year because of armed violence in places other than conflict areas.
2.public admission 公开承认
He made a public admission of his guilt.
3.no longer 不再
They no longer had him as a friend.
4.national interests 国家利益
Old enemies can become new friends even if all their national interests are not in complete accord.
5."If you close your airspace, it is a very public admission that you are no longer in charge of your own territory or skies," Joustra said.
in charge of 负责；控制
He is in charge of the school work.
He's in charge of the hospital.
6.More than four years after a Malaysian passenger plane was shot down in eastern Ukraine, airlines still need better information to fly safely over conflict areas.
shot down 击落
They claimed to have shot down one incoming missile
The plane was shot down in error by a NATO missile.
报道称，这架客机被一枚从亲俄叛军控制区发射的导弹击落 。机上298人全部遇难 。飞机残骸零散地掉落在乌克兰各地 。
一项国际刑事调查正在继续寻找和审判那些被控参与袭击的嫌犯 。荷兰和澳大利亚表示，他们认为俄罗斯应向叛军提供导弹一事负责 。
朱斯特拉（Tjibbe Joustra）是荷兰安全委员会主席 。他说，自MH17航班失事以来，调查已经取得了进展 。
该份委员会的声明指出，在其境内处理武装冲突的国家对空域管理的改动很少 。声明还表示，航空公司需要更详细、复杂的信息进行充分的风险评估 。
朱斯特拉说，他几乎没有看到该委员会就关闭空域或限制冲突地区上空部分空域的提议采取行动 。他说，国家利益可能是阻碍此类安全行动的因素 。