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Jetliners flying over oceans or remote regions should report their positions every 15 minutes under a standard backed by the United Nations’ aviation body almost a year after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

Adoption of the new benchmark by the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization may take place by the end of 2015, ICAO Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said Tuesday in a statement in Montreal. Member countries will be asked for comment on the plan later this month, Aliu said.

The recommendations mark an initial response by ICAO to the mystery that gripped the world in 2014: How a Boeing Co. 777 jet vanished en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. Investigators concluded the plane made a U-turn and flew out over the Indian Ocean before crashing, and that the crew shut off tracking devices on the plane.

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ICAO didn’t specify in its statement whether onboard location-reporting equipment should be made resistant to pilots and others who want to intentionally disable it. Airlines would be able to meet the standard using the available and planned technologies and procedures they deem suitable, ICAO said.

The recommendations come midway through a four-day ICAO safety conference in Montreal, where the organization is based. It is only the second such gathering in ICAO’s 70-year history.

ICAO members also confirmed the planned creation of an online database for evaluating risk in conflict zones. That effort follows the shootdown of another Malaysian Airline System Bhd. plane, Flight 17, by pro-Russian militants over Ukraine. That tragedy killed all 298 people on board.

–With assistance from Alan Levin in Washington.

This article was written by Frederic Tomesco from Bloomberg and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Photo credit: Royal Australian Air Force Loadmasters Sgt. Adam Roberts, left, and Flight Sgt. John Mancey, launch a Self Locating Data Marker Buoy from a C-130J Hercules aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean as part of the Australian Defence Force's assistance to the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Australian Defence Department, Justin Brown / Associated Press

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