Iran’s airspace open to passing flights

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Iran announced preparedness to open its airspace to the passing flights after Ukraine closed its airspace following the Malaysian plane crash.

Ebrahim Shoushtari, Deputy Civil Aviation Organization for Aeronautical Operations voiced the country's readiness to admit some flights passing through the Iranian airspace, the country's IRNA news agency reported on July 22.

Following the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)'s request, Iran declared readiness to admit passing flights which intend to change their route and use Iran's aerial space, the official underlined.

He added that all Malaysian airplanes set off from Amsterdam for southeast Asia have changed route and cross Iran's airspace instead of the eastern Ukraine's airspace.

A Malaysia Airlines' Boeing-777 with over 290 people on board crashed in Ukraine, close to the border with Russia, on July 17.

The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Geraschenko confirmed the plane carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members fell.

Ukraine government and the pro-Russian groups that are fighting Kiev's forces in Eastern Ukraine blame each other for the Malaysian plane's shot down.

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