In the wake of rising tensions, recent military strikes between the U.S. and Iran and a Ukrainian jet crash, the Federal Aviation Administration has barred U.S. civilian flights over Iraq, Iran, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
The FAA issued a notice to airmen on Tuesday night, the same night Iran launched dozens of missiles at a pair of Iraqi bases that house American troops in response to last week’s U.S. drone strike that killed top Iranian military and intelligence commander Qassem Soleimani.
The notice also comes as a Ukrainian passenger jet carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday, just minutes after taking off from Tehran. The crash came just hours after Iran’s attack on the U.S. bases.
“The FAA will continue closely monitoring events int he Middle East,” the FAA said in a statement. “We continue coordinating with our national security partners and sharing information with U.S. air carriers and foreign civil aviation authorities.”
President Donald Trump, who said the strike against Soleimani was geared toward thwarting imminent threats against Americans, plans to make a statement regarding Iran on Wednesday morning.
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