UN to push for better plane tracking after MH370

The United Nations will launch a campaign this week to improve the way aircraft are tracked to address public concerns over the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

An Australian search aircraft takes off from an airbase in Perth, Western Australia to assist with the international MH370 search effort Credit: Richard Wainwright/AAP/Press Association Images

A European agency has proposed increasing the amount of recording time on cockpit voice recorders from two to 20 hours, although airlines and pilots have resisted the move because of the costs and extra surveillance involved.

Efforts to improve flight tracking have stalled since the loss of Air France Flight 447 in 2009.