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Aviation safety vital after fatal crashes

After major crashes in Mali, Taiwan & Ukraine, aviation safety & security has become imperative.

Employees of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service look at the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 two days after it crashed in a sunflower field near the village of Rassipnoe, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on 19 July 2014. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - A local aviation expert says the Malaysia Airline disaster could bring renewed awareness around aviation safety and security.

Three major plane crashes in seven days have left the world in shock.

This week an Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people crashed in Mali and a plane crashed in Taiwan killing 48 people.

Last Thursday the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine with more than 298 people aboard.

The three plane crashes, which took place over a period of seven days, have been described as a black week for aviation.

Close to 500 lives were lost.

Aviation specialist Linden Burns says the downing of MH17 over Ukraine in particular has raised major concerns over air security.

"This is really something that requires a well-oiled collaboration of government, government agencies and intelligence gathering agencies."

But Burns cautions against panic, since more than three billion people use air traffic every year.