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FAA issued warning on potential hazards over Ukraine - in April

Staff writer |
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a guidance back in April warning that airspace over the Ukraine presented potential hazards.

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The FAA didn't mention the specific area that Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was flying Thursday. The FAA warned that due to the situation on the ground, there was the risk of flights receiving conflicting air traffic instructions from Ukraine and Russian authorities.

This scenario, the FAA said, could lead to civil aircraft being misidentified as military. As a result of these risks, the FAA suspended flights over Crimea, the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

The guidance was issued on April 3rd, made effective on the 25th and was scheduled to last until April 27th, 2015.


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