No recent FAA warning for flights in or out of Ethiopia: U.S.

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Addis Ababa, 24 July 2014 (WIC) - There has been no recent Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) warning for flights in or out of Ethiopia, according to US Embassy in Ethiopia.

The FAA flight prohibition SFAR 87 of May 16, 2000 pertaining to Northern Ethiopia predates the June 18, 2000 cessation of hostilities between Ethiopia and Eritrea and has not been updated subsequently, the embassy said in a statement it issued yesterday.

The FAA advisory KFDC A0012/97 pertaining to Ethiopia/Kenya also dates to 2002, it said.

Neither the FAA flight prohibition nor the FAA advisory was issued after Flight MH 17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17, as some media outlets have erroneously reported.

Both the Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) No. 87 and the FAA advisory apply only to U.S. air carriers or commercial operators, it noted.