'Indians In Iraq, Be Alert': Government Issues Travel Advisory

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In the wake of tensions between USA and Iran, the Indian government today issued travel advisory for Indian citizens visiting Iraq.

"The safety of our passengers and crew members comes first".

The airline said it was considering sending the flights leaving Australia through an Asian city to refuel, given the extra distance. In its statement the company said that the plane underwent its last scheduled maintenance on Monday.

"Although news reports have cited "technical fault", we must not speculate on the cause of the crash until the facts are determined".

The airline also declined to comment on rumors that the plane was shot down.

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Shortly after the missile attacks, the US Federal Aviation Administration said it was banning US-registered carriers from flying over Iraq, Iran and the Gulf.

"As a precautionary measure and following news of air strikes under way, Air France has chose to suspend until further notice all flights through Iranian and Iraqi airspace", an Air France spokesman said.

Malaysia Airlines will avoid the conflict airspace of Iran, following the recent military tensions in the region. The agency explained the move citing "existing risks for the safety of worldwide civil flights".

According to the Flightrader24 website, which tracks global air traffic in real time, some flights from Asia, such as Malaysia Airlines' London-Kuala Lumpur flight and Turkish Airlines' Mumbai-Istanbul flight, were operating in airspace above Iran on Wednesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration has banned commercial USA carriers from flying over the countries of Iran and Iraq, along with other areas of the Middle East following Iran's attack on US -linked bases in Iraq on Tuesday.

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"Heightened military activities and increased political tensions in the Middle East. present an inadvertent risk to USA civil aviation operations due to the potential for miscalculation or misidentification", the warnings state.

Several other worldwide carriers, including Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways, offer indirect stopover flights from Australia that travel through the area.

Nine News understands QF9 from Perth to London and QF10 London to Perth are the only Qantas flights affected by the change.

In the meantime, foreign media reported that several other Asian airlines, too, have rerouted their flights to avoid the Iranian airspace as tensions in the region continue to escalate.

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