(Great Power War)Â The Federal Aviation Administration issued a NOTAM â€” Notice to Airmen â€” instructing U.S. commercial pilots to avoid airspace over Iran and Iraq just a few hours before a Ukrainian airliner was shot reportedly shot down by the Iranian military.
â€œOur NOTAMs were published roughly three hours before the accident,â€ an FAA spokesmanÂ confirmedÂ to theÂ Washington Free BeaconÂ Thursday in a move that potentially saved American lives.
The order detailed â€œflight restrictions that prohibit U.S. civil aviation operators from operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.â€
â€œThe FAA will continue closely monitoring events in the Middle East,â€ the NOTAM said. â€œWe continue coordinating with our national security partners and sharing information with U.S. air carriers and foreign civil aviation authorities.â€
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