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Sweden temporarily bans the flight of Iran Air aircraft in its airspace

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Stockholm Friday banned the flight of Iran Air (the Iranian government company) in the airspace of Sweden, temporarily.

“The permits that allow Iran Air to operate its aircraft in Swedish airspace have been temporarily withdrawn,” the Associated Press reported, in a statement.

The agency added that its decision came against the background of the Ukrainian plane crash this week in Tehran, and to preserve the safety of the Iranian civil aviation sector, without further details.

“We understand that this decision creates some problems for travelers, but the safety of travelers is extremely important, so we decided to temporarily suspend flights,” said agency head Jonah Ljungberg.

And 17 Swedish citizens were killed in the Ukrainian plane crash, which was carrying 176 people, all of whom died on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Ukrainian officials put forward 3 hypotheses explaining the reasons for the crash of the plane, which was traveling from Tehran to Kiev.

The Ukrainian National Defense and Security Council, in a statement, said that the plane may have “been subjected to terrorist action, or been hit by a surface-to-air missile.”

He added that the third reason that might explain the crash was “the engine was exposed to an explosion due to technical problems.”

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