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Airlines back creation of global drone registry - IATA

(The Apr. 17 story corrects the final paragraph to show Aviareto operates a registry that tracks financial interests in aircraft, not ICAO registry for manned aircraft.) By Allison Lampert and Jamie Freed MONTREAL/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The world's airlines are backing the development of a United Nations-led global registry for drones, as a rise in near collisions by unmanned aircraft and commercial jets fuels safety concerns, an executive of their trade group said on Tuesday. The International Air Transport Association backs efforts by the United Nations' aviation agency to develop such a registry, which could also help track the number of incidents involving drones and jets, said Rob Eagles, IATA's director of air traffic management infrastructure. ......