The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Iraqi Ambassador to the UAE, Muwaffaq Mehdi Abboud, on Tuesday, to express its concern over the firing of gunshots at flydubai’s flight in Baghdad on Monday.
During the meeting, Undersecretary Mohammed Mer Al Raisi demanded that Iraqi authorities launch a comprehensive investigation in order to identify all the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident, official news agency WAM reported.
He also insisted that Iraqi officials take “necessary measures to enforce international agreements on civil aviation safety and provide the required guarantees and protection.”
Low-cost carrier flydubai said that after landing at Baghdad International Airport on January 26, damage to the aircraft fuselage consistent with small arms fire was discovered on flight FZ 215.
“All the passengers disembarked normally through the jet bridge. No medical attention was required at the airport. An investigation is underway to establish what happened,” a spokesperson from the airline said.
However, Dubai’s Emirates Airlines, Sharjah’s Air Arabia and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways suspended flights to Iraq on Tuesday, in line with a directive from the United Arab Emirates’ civil aviation authority.