Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:15:55 AM CDTUpdated On: Jul 23 2014 02:06:13 PM CDT
The crash of Malaysian airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine and a recent 24-hour ban on flights to Israel due to violence near the airport in Tel Aviv has raised questions about which conflict-riddled areas of the world it is safe for commercial jets to travel.
Take a look at strict no-fly zones as well as conflict zones, over which it's up to the airlines to decide whether or not to fly.
Israel: On Wednesday, the FAA extended a ban on U.S. airlines flying to and from Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport for up to 24 hours after a a rocket struck about a mile from the airport.
Iraq: All U.S. air carriers and commercial aircraft flying at or below 20,000 feet over Iraq are prohibited. Insurgent groups, such as theIslamic State in Iraq and the Levant, remain active.
Ethiopia: U.S. commercial flights aren’t allowed to fly north of 12 degrees latitude in Ethiopia’s airspace. The U.S. also warns against using the Mandera Airstrip in Kenya, which is adjacent to Ethiopia and Somalia and may be fired upon by Ethiopian forces.
North Korea: FAA prohibits U.S. flights from entering airspace over Pyongyang west of 132 degrees east longitude. An advisory warns that North Korea is known for testing ballistic missiles without any warning.
Libya: U.S. flights are prohibited from entering Libyan airspace. The State Department warns security in Libya is unpredictable with many military weapons, including antiaircraft, in the hands of everyday people.
Somalia: All U.S. commercial aircraft flying at or below 20,000 feet over Somalia is prohibited. The State Department says war-torn Somalia remains unstable and dangerous.
Ukraine: Airlines haven’t been allowed to fly over Crimea since April. After the crash of Flight 17, the FAA expanded the advisory, prohibiting any flight operations over eastern Ukraine where a separatist group is believed to have shot down the plane.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: The country has been the subject of an FAA Notice to Airmen advising pilots to maintain an altitude of 15,000 feet above the country since 2002. The advisory, which aims to keep flights out of ground-based-weapons range, came after a civilian Boeing 727 was shot down by a ground missile.
Other countries where the FAA has issued advisories warning that the regions are prone to small-arms fire and rocket fire are: Afghanistan, Egypt andSinai Peninsula, Iran, Kenya, Mali, Syria andYemen.
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