After rising tensions between Tehran and Washington, the US Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order and barred the US operators from flying in Iran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman. The decision came after a US military surveillance drone has been shot down by Iranian forces while flying over the Strait of Hormuz. Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said the aircraft had violated Iranian airspace, and that the incident sent a “clear message to America”.
FAA said according to flight tracking applications, the nearest civil aircraft was operating within around 45 nautical miles of a US Global Hawk drone when it was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. “There were numerous civil aviation aircraft operating in the area at the time of the intercept,” FAA said.
The US prohibition does not apply to airlines from other countries, but OPSGROUP, which provides guidance to operators, said it would be taken into consideration by carriers globally.
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17 November, 2019