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FAA stops US flights in the Persian Gulf

The agency is worried about political tensions in the area

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an emergency ordinance due to the escalation of tensions in Middle East. FAA prohibits all US carriers and commercial operators from flying in Iran-controlled airspace over the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. In a meeting with the operators, the regulator warned that many civilian aircraft were flying not too far away from where the RQ4-Global Hawk drone was shot down by pasdaran Iranian guards (see  AVIONEWS). The closest plane was at about 45 nautical miles. President Donald Trump tweeted that Tehran made a serious mistake, American response is expected soon. The agency is worried about growing military activity in the area and fear that Iran could use long-range missiles in international airspace.

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