EASA approves partial return to Iran, Iraq airspace for EU airlines
European airlines can return to parts of Iranian and Iraqi airspace, the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said on Wednesday, three weeks after Iran accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet.
However, it reiterated earlier advice that airlines avoid Iranian airspace below 25,000 feet and stick to two air corridors over Iraq, Reuters reported.
The Boeing 737-800 plane belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed near Tehran just minutes after the plane had taken-off from Imam Khomeini International Airport. All the 167 passengers and 9 crew members onboard the plane were killed in this tragic incident.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran said in a statement that the Ukrainian passenger plane which crashed was targeted unintentionally in a tragic accident due to human error.