Aviation officials to meet on plane shot down

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WASHINGTON (AP) — An aviation official says global aviation leaders will meet in Montreal next week to initiate discussions on a plan to address safety and security issues raised by the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, as well as two other air crashes.

The official said the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. agency, will host the meeting on Tuesday. Other organizations scheduled to participate include the International Air Transport Association, which represents airlines; the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization; and the Airports Council International.

Another meeting is also planned for February. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak about the issue by name.

Besides the Malaysia plane, airliners also have crashed in Taiwan and Mali in bad weather over the past week.

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