Airlines are avoiding airspace near Iran and Iraq after a passenger plane was reportedly shot down
10 Jan 2020 11:53:35
Global airlines are continuing to reroute flights in the Middle East on reports that a passenger plane that crashed in Iran on Tuesday was shot down by a missile, killing all 176 people on board.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) on Tuesday establishing a no-fly zone for US aviators over Iran and Iraq, after Iran fired missiles at an Iraqi base housing US military personnel. The attack was in retaliation for a US airstrike in Iraq that killed Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani.
The NOTAM, which also prohibited US civil aircraft from flying above “the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman,” was issued due to the “potential for miscalculation or misidentification” for civilian planes, the FAA said.
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