Airlines suspend Baghdad flights after shooting on flydubai aircraft

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore January 29, 2015 21:28

Airlines suspend Baghdad flights after shooting on flydubai aircraft

Six airlines from the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Lebanon suspended flights to Baghdad on Tuesday after bullets hit a flydubai aircraft as it was landing at Baghdad airport.

The aircraft was hit at an altitude of 600 metres by gunfire from a light machinegun, confirmed Iraqi Transport Minister Bayan Jaboor. He added that the source of the shooting had been identified and suspects rounded up.

Iraq briefly suspended air traffic on Monday following the incident but permitted it to resume on Tuesday morning. Nevertheless, flydubai, Emirates Airlines, Air Arabia and Etihad Airways suspended flights on Tuesday, in line with a directive from the United Arab Emirates’ civil aviation authority.

Turkish Airlines and Middle East Airlines also suspended flights although it is not clear if this was caused by the shooting.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore January 29, 2015 21:28