US airlines need to be extremely careful when passing Belarus: FAA

US airlines need to be extremely careful when passing Belarus: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that US airlines must be ‘extremely careful’ when flying over Belarus.

The United States Transportation Agency and government body have issued a statement after Eastern European authorities forced the diversion of a Ryanair flight and arrested another journalist last week.

The FAA’s notice to Airmen says airlines should continue to be extremely cautious until the agency can better assess Belarus’s actions regarding the diversion of a passenger jet on May 23 and the possibility that Belarus may take similar actions in the future. can repeat, “the agency said.

“The FAA is working closely with other U.S. agencies to determine if additional measures may be needed, and will evaluate an international investigation report to determine the risks to U.S. passenger services flying in that area.”

The FAA’s notice does not apply to trucks such as United Parcel Service and FedEx flying over the country.

Late Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced that Biden’s government would impose sanctions on Belarus on June 3, while also advising Americans not to travel to Belarus.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks at a daily press conference on May 13, 2021. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

The sanctions are aimed at nine Belarusian state-owned enterprises that have previously received sanctions relief. It will be forbidden for Americans to contact the entities from Thursday.

Psaki also said the Justice Department and the FBI are investigating the diversion of the plane.

According to Ryanair, the operator of the reverse flight, Belarusian flight controllers told the crew on May 23 that there was a bomb threat against the plane as it passed through Belarusian airspace and ordered it to land. A Belarusian MiG-29 fighter jet was scrambled to escort the plane.

Belarussian authorities then arrested Raman Pratasevich, a 26-year-old activist, journalist and leading Lukashenko critic.

Ivan Pentchoukov and Reuters contributed to this report.

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