The Legal Committee of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) met at lancaster House in London today (Tuesday) to consider what measures they could take to combat hi-jacking.
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MV Frederick Corfield addressing conference
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ14): CORFIELD: "International civil aviation has grown rapidly and enormously since 1945. Indeed it is probably true to say that it is the fastest growing industry in the world. But alas, the dangerous practices of hi-jacking and sabotage have also grown apace in the last ten years or so. Today they represent a serious threat to the freedom and safety of air communications which the international community cannot tolerate. And it can only inhibit the very considerable contribution which air travel has made to greater mutual understanding between nations of the world."
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Background: The Legal Committee of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) met at lancaster House in London today (Tuesday) to consider what measures they could take to combat hi-jacking. They were addressed by Mr Frederick Corfield, the British Minister with responsibility for civil aviation.
Earlier Mr Corfield had drawn attention to the change in tactics of the hi-jackers. Until recently, he said, they had merely diverted aircraft; now they were seizing both aircraft and passengers and destroying the aircraft.
SYNOPSIS: At Lancaster House in London the Legal Committee of the International Civil Aviation Organisation met to consider what legal means they could take to combat hi-jacking. Interpol was represented at the meeting along the representatives of the civil aviation ministries of the member countries.
The delegates were reminded of the suffering caused by the recent outbreak of hi-jacking in the Middle East and of the duty of the International Civil Aviation Organisation to do what it could to protect airliners and to ensure the safety of passengers.
The changes in the tactics of the hi-jackers were emphasised. The delegates were told that until recently the hi-jackers had merely diverted aircraft; now they were seizing both aircraft and passengers and destroying the aircraft.
The British spokesman, Mr Frederick Corfield, summed up the threat: