European agency calls to avoid flying over Iran


On Saturday, the European Aviation Safety Agency called for avoiding Iranian airspace, after Tehran claimed responsibility for shooting down the Ukrainian plane following a “human error”.

“We require airlines to avoid Iranian airspace until further notice,” the agency (based in Cologne, Germany) said in a statement.

She added: “This is a very dynamic situation and a new evaluation will be made in cooperation with the European Union Commission and the member states of the Union early next week (on flying in Iranian airspace).”

Earlier Saturday, the Iranian General Staff announced, in a statement, that its air defense system had shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane, after a “human error”, the moment it passed over a “sensitive military zone”.

Tehran had initially denied the plane was caused by a missile, and said it had convincing evidence in this regard.

On Wednesday, a Ukrainian Boeing 737 passenger plane crashed, killing 176 people: 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians, 11 Ukraine, 10 Swedes, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans and 3 Britons.

The incident occurred in conjunction with Tehran targeting American bases in Iraq with a number of missiles.


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