Airlines warned about stray Russian missiles

Missiles cross airspace above Caspian Sea, Iran and Iraq
Aircraft could be at risk of being hit by Russian cruise missiles fired from the Caspian Sea at Syria, the European Aviation Safety Agency warns.
The warning was made by the EASA in a safety briefing: “Before reaching Syria, such missiles are necessarily crossing the airspace above Caspian Sea, Iran and Iraq, below flight routes which are used by commercial transport airplanes.”
Although the Russian navy is regularly firing missiles at various sites in the country, they tend to travel at below 600ft, well below the heights of commercial aircraft.
The United Nations air safety agency ICAO is also believed to have sent formal requests to Russia, Turkey and Iran concerning the dangers posed to civil aviation.
Air France has responded to the warnings by changing some of its routes, with a spokesperson telling the British newspaper the Evening Standard this week that temporary special rules are in place for flying over Iran and the Caspian Sea.
However, British Airways has declined to say whether it is altering routes in the region. A spokesperson said BA would “never fly in airspace unless we were satisfied that it was safe to do so”.
The latest concerns come as Dutch safety investigators publish an investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 over Ukraine last year. A total of 283 people died in that tragedy, which has been blamed on Russian separatists, though the report does not officially apportion blame.
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