US gov't warns airlines over Iran threat in Gulf region

Federal Aviation Administration releases new guidance to US airlines and other commercial-flight operators over threat posed by Iran
US gov't warns airlines over Iran threat in Gulf region
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By Bloomberg
Tue 20 Aug 2019 07:06 PM

The US government is warning airlines to exercise caution while flying over the Gulf and Gulf of Oman, a region that has seen growing tension between Iran and other nations.

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday released new guidance to US airlines and other commercial-flight operators, saying “there is an increasing inadvertent risk” to flights in that area.

“Iran has publicly made threats to US military operations in the Gulf region,” the FAA said in a notice. Iran possesses a variety of missiles and military jets capable of intercepting airliners, according to the agency.

In recent months, merchant ships or tankers were damaged or seized in the region as tensions between Iran and the US escalated. In June, Iran brought down a US surveillance drone.

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