Lufthansa nixes Iran flights, other airlines reroute

DW.COM | 1/10/2020 | Staff
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Lufthansa group, the German airline conglomerate that also owns Eurowings, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, and Swiss Air, announced on Friday that it was canceling flights to Tehran. The suspension will continue until at least January 20.

In a statement, the firm said it was temporarily stopping flights because of the "unclear security situation for the airspace around Tehran airport.''

Announcement - Crash - Airlines - Flight - Wednesday

The announcement follows the crash of Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 on Wednesday. The Boeing 737 aircraft, en route from Tehran to Kyiv, crashed several minutes after departure, killing all 176 passengers and crew on board.

Initially reported by Iranian authorities as the result of a technical fault, the governments of Canada, the UK, and the United States have said that they have intelligence indicating that it was probably caused by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. The New York Times said it had obtained and verified a video seemingly showing an Iranian missile hitting a plane near Tehran airport, and the Guardian reported local witness statements who said they heard "very loud noises" coming from a local army base before the crash.

Fuel - Allegation - Missile - Launch - Fact

Adding fuel to the allegation of a missile launch was the fact that the incident occurred only a few hours after Iran carried out missile attacks on US targets...
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