IRAQ – Iraq has been cut from world as all foreign airlines to Baghdad have cancelled flights landing at the Baghdad international airport following a ‘FlyDubai’ passenger jet was shot while landing in Iraq.
An aviation official and a security official told Reuters news agency that two passengers were lightly injured when three or four bullets hit the body of the plane on Monday evening but they were unable to specify the source of the gunfire.
Flydubai, were the first to suspend flights following the incident, in line with a directive from the United Arab Emirates’ civil aviation authority.
‘FlyDubai’ and ‘Emirates’, ‘Sharjah’s Air Arabia’ and ‘Abu Dhabi’s Etihad’ were the first airline which declared suspension of flights to Iraq considering the threat of being shot down by miscreants near airport.
Abu Dhabi Etihad, earlier on Tuesday said in a statement that “To comply with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority ban on operation to and from Baghdad on security grounds, we have suspended all flights to the Iraqi city with immediate effect and until further notice.”
“The safety of our guests and employees is always our first priority. We will continue to work closely with the authorities and monitor the security situation before recommencing scheduled services to Baghdad.” Statement further said.
All discussed airline commonly decided to suspend their flights as it was further stated “We were told that it was actually sniper fire that happened in an area just adjacent to the Baghdad airport.”
According to security and aviation sources a gunman who was beyond the wall of the airport – in an area that is controlled by Iraqi security forces – appears to have used a sniper rifle and fired three of four shot that actually hit the plane as it was coming in to land.
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