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United States warns airlines to avoid Pakistan airspace

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

03rd Jan, 2020. 08:12 pm
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Washington: The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has once again warned airlines to avoid Pakistani airspace.

In a statement, the US Federal Aviation Administration said that the commercial and the state carriers could be a target of Pakistani extremist and militant groups.

According to the details, FAA warns US airlines of possible attacks while they travel in Pakistani airspace or on the ground and operating at low altitudes, including during the arrival and departure phases of flights.

“Exercise caution during flight operations,” a notice to airmen, or a NOTAM, issued by Federal Aviation Administration on December 30, 2019, said. “There is a risk to US civil aviation operating in the territory and airspace of Pakistan due to extremist/militant activity.”

It said that there continues to be a risk to the US civil aviation from attacks against airports and aircraft, particularly for aircraft on the ground and planes operating at low altitudes, including the arrival and departure phases of flights.

“The ongoing presence of extremist/militant elements operating in Pakistan poses a continued risk to the US civil aviation from small-arms fire and complex attacks against airports,” the FAA said.

“While, to date, there have been no reports of man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS) being used against civil aviation in Pakistan, some extremist/militant groups operating in Pakistan are suspected of having access to MANPADS,” it added.

As a result, the FAA said, there is a potential risk for extremists/militants to “target civil aviation in Pakistan with MANPADS.”

The US aviation regulator further said that those who come across any suspect must report security incidents to the authorities.

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