United Arab Emirates bans Congo registered aircraft


It was learned that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued prohibition orders for their airspace on aircraft registered in the Congo DR, besides also affecting the same measure on Swaziland, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome, and Principe.

The information came to light when the UAE banned the use of Antonov AN-12 aircraft on their territory, compelling the few remaining operators using this type of aircraft to remove them from the country by March this year.

Former Soviet Union built aircraft have a notorious safety record, in Africa in particular but also elsewhere, and banning them completely has long been the objective of modern-day aviators fed up with the many accidents in which these aircraft are involved.