Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Civilian Aircraft Hit While Landing at Baghdad Airport

UAE Airlines Cancel Flights to BIAP
Flydubai Boeing 737-8KN (A6-FEK), on flight FZ-215 from Dubai to Baghdad, was hit by three rounds of shots while landing at Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) on Tuesday. The UAE-based airliner, carrying 154 passengers, landed safely, but three passengers received "light injuries." Flydubai said its aircraft also suffered damage to the fuselage “consistent with small arms fire.”

BIAP is located west of the capital, near strongholds of ISIL insurgents in Anbar province.

Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia as well as Flydubai have suspended all their flights to Baghdad.

UPDATE: Foreign flights into Baghdad were cancelled on Tuesday after shots were fired at flydubai flight FZ-215.

File photo: Flydubai Boeing 737-8KN, A6-FEK, the aircraft that was hit while landing in Baghdad, in a file photo during its delivery flight; 5 January 2014, Birmingham (Birmingham Airport Photo Blog) 

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