WASHINGTON – The United States (US) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warns all airlines to be “very careful” when flying over border skies Ukraine-Russia .
The reason is that the situation in the region is precarious and has the potential to pose a risk to aviation safety.
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“Increasing regional tensions between Russia and Ukraine, which have the potential to result in unannounced cross-border fighting, increased military activity and / or conflict,” reads the FAA notice issued to US airlines but also important to other national airlines.
Quoting Reuters, Tuesday (20/4/2021), since 2014, the FAA has banned US civil aviation operations in the area around the Ukraine-Russia border. The notice also said airlines must provide at least 72 hours’ notice to the FAA of planned flights in the region.
The FAA and other air regulators are concerned about the potential downing of a civilian plane during the conflict because it was misidentified.
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In 2014, Malaysia Airlines MH17 flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a missile fired from territory held by pro-Russian rebels during a battle with Ukrainian government forces.
A total of 298 people on board the Malaysian plane were killed, of which two -thirds were Dutch nationals.