The Federal Aviation Administration has barred U.S. civilian aircraft from flying over Iran, Iraq, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

The three separate Notices to Airmen were issued in the aftermath of Iran’s missile attacks early Wednesday morning on two Iraqi military bases that house U.S. troops. 

The FAA said that increased political tensions in the Middle East “present an inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation due to the potential for miscalculation or misidentification.”

Numerous airlines from around the world that operate flights either to or over Iran and Iraq have also either canceled flights or altered routes. 

Among those is Ukraine International Airlines, whose flight 752, operated with a Boeing 737-800 manufactured in 2016, crashed shortly after its 6:10 a.m. takeoff from Tehran on Wednesday morning, killing all 167 passengers and all 9 crew members.

Ukraine’s embassy in Iran originally said the crash was caused by engine failure and ruled out a terrorist attack, according to the BBC. But the embassy has since removed that statement and now says the comment was not official. Ukraine International Airlines says it is working in cooperation with authorities to determine what caused the crash.

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