The border conflict between Ukraine and Russia continues to ignite. In order to avoid the recurrence of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States said on Monday that due to possible flight safety risks, airline operators who flew near the border between Ukraine and Russia Must be “extremely vigilant.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pointed out in a notice to American Airlines: “The regional tension between Russia and Ukraine is rising, and cross-border small-scale battles may occur without notice, leading to increased military activities or conflicts.”
The notice also mentioned that airlines must notify the FAA of their expected flights to that area at least 72 hours in advance. Since 2014, the FAA has banned U.S. civil aviation activities in the vicinity of the Ukrainian-Russian border.
The FAA and other aviation authorities are concerned that civil aircraft may be misidentified and shot down during the conflict.
In 2014, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. International investigators said that the missile was launched from a territory occupied by Udong when pro-Russian rebels were fighting against Ukrainian government forces. All 298 people on board were killed, of which two-thirds were Dutch.
Agence France-Presse reported that U.S. Defense Department spokesman Kirby said on Monday that the size of Russia’s troops on the Ukrainian border was larger than when Russia invaded Crimea in 2014 and said such deployment of troops was “a cause for serious concern”.