Russia and Air France suspends all flights over Iran and Iraq airspace

Russia’s Rosaviation and Air France have announced the suspension of flights over Iran and Iraq’s airspace.

It came after a Ukrainian airline crashed shortly after takeoff in Iran in the early hours of Wednesday.

In a statement by Ukraine’s foreign minister, 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians and three British onboard with nine crew members.

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There were also 10 Swedish Nationals, three Germans and four Afghans

Russia and Air France suspends all flights over Iran and Iraq airspace

Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, also known as Rosaviation, recommends suspension of Russia’s airline flights over the region.

Rosaviation statement reads in part that

” In connection with information about safety risks to international civil air traffic, Rosaviation recommends not to use the airspace over the territories of Iran, Iraq, the Persian and Gulf of Oman for flights of civil aircraft of the Russian Federation, including transit flights, until further notice.”

Air France released a statement to announce the suspension.

The statement read in parts that “Flight plans are adjusted in real-time according to the French and regional authorities’ decisions throughout the world, to ensure the highest level of flight safety.”

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