are calling for stricter regulation of missile tests following the accidental
shooting-down of a Sibir Tupolev Tu-154M over the Black Sea in October.
of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) are
stressing that governments must ensure that testing takes place at a safe
distance from commercial air corridors.
probing the 4 October accident have concluded that a surface-to-air missile,
fired during a military exercise by Ukrainian forces, brought down the aircraft
with the loss of all 78 passengers and crew.
has expressed its concern over the circumstances of the accident, and says:
“IFALPA believes that there is a requirement for such tests to be more closely
regulated and managed.
there is any doubt concerning the controllability and potential range of
missiles that are being tested, then the problems must be clearly identified
and resolved, to ensure that no danger exists before live firing commences.
addition [we] believe that a suitable geographical safety margin should be
established to ensure that, if the missile does not hit its intended target,
aircraft will not be in any danger from the missile.”
adds that governments must take on the responsibility of insisting and making
sure that missile tests are conducted in locations where it has been proven
that failure of a missile or its components cannot jeopardise commercial flight