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Based in large part on the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and the two-year search for Air France Flight 447, the NTSB is asking the FAA to require new and existing aircraft that fly oceanic routes to carry certain devices and features that will help first responders to more quickly find a downed aircraft and its data recorders and give investigators an early look at what happened.
The recommendations—four new and four revisions of previously issued requests—come as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) prepares for a high-level safety conference in early February to address many of the same issues.
That meeting will likely set the stage for new global standards in tracking and triggered position transmissions from aircraft in distress, largely to determine the position of a crash site.