(Great Power War) The Federal Aviation Administration issued a NOTAM — Notice to Airmen — 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.

“Our NOTAMs were published roughly three hours before the accident,” an FAA spokesman confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon Thursday in a move that potentially saved American lives.

The order detailed “flight 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.”

“The FAA will continue closely monitoring events in the Middle East,” the NOTAM said. “We continue coordinating with our national security partners and sharing information with U.S. air carriers and foreign civil aviation authorities.”

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