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Emirates airline says will not fly over Iraq after MH17

Published on Jul 28, 2014 8:05 PM
 

LONDON (AFP) - Emirates will stop flying over Iraq due to concerns over jihadist missile attacks following the MH17 air disaster in Ukraine, the airline's president Tim Clark told The Times on Monday.

Almost 300 people aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 died when it came down in eastern Ukraine nearly two weeks ago, with Washington and Europe claiming it was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile fired by pro-Moscow militants.

"This is a political animal but... the fact of the matter is MH17 changed everything, and that was very nearly in European airspace," Mr Clark told The Times in an interview published on Monday.

"We cannot continue to say, 'Well it's a political thing'. We have to do something. We have to take the bull by the horns," added the British president of the Dubai-based carrier.

 
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