In 2016, the airliners will emit a signal every quarter of an hour, and every minute incident.

March 8, 2014 in 0:41, flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 227 passengers on board. At 1:30, air traffic control lost control with the Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines, which has never been found. A year later, the mystery remains and beyond emotion, the unexplained disappearance of the airliner has pushed airline bodies to propose measures to try to regain public confidence.

A signal every minute. In early February, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has introduced new measures to better track flights. For now, remember Le Figaro , the existing systems regularly send messages to the airline’s maintenance center.

In 2016, aircraft will emit a signal every quarter hour in normal times. But incident, a plane “in distress” will send a signal every minute. The goal: in the case of an aircraft in distress over the sea, as the MH370, the device must be used to locate the unit within six nautical miles, slightly more than 11 kilometers. Which will greatly facilitate the task of relief and research in case of crash.


Ejectable black boxes. ICAO also recommends equipping aircraft ejection and floating flight recorders from 2021. These famous “black boxes”, the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) recorded respectively flight data, such as speed, altitude and trajectory, and the sounds inside the cockpit.

These flight MH370 have never been located. In the case of the crash of flight Rio-Paris Air France in 2009, it took two years of painstaking research that investigators can finally find them.

The measures already taken by some. These measures need to be validated by ICAO members at a general meeting in November. But some have already taken the lead. Airbus has announced that its newest aircraft, the A350 and the A380, would be equipped with ejection and floating black boxes. Several airlines including Air France, further have already equipped their devices with a system for issuing technical messages every minute in an emergency.

Sunday, Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia have announced the launch of an extensive testing to improve the geolocation of aircraft over the oceans, says the Canadian CBC . But Angus Houston, head of the Australian agency which coordinated the MH370 Research Operations, said that there is no quick fix and that the communication system can always be turned off manually or get out of service, making impossible any device location, as in the case of Malaysia Airlines plane vanished.