(Reuters) – The European Union aviation safety agency warned on Thursday of increased risks to airlines due to the war in Ukraine, such as civilian planes being accidentally attacked and an increased risk of cyberattacks.
“As shown by previous wars, misidentification is easy in confused war arenas. The development of this risk is common to all combatants. If we add the probability of interference with electronic aids that may be involved with navigation and or … identification tools, then “It is easy to see the potential for innocent aircraft to be exposed to missiles or radar weapons,” reads a document published online.
EASA’s statement did not specify that its warning applied to Ukrainian airspace but was more generally related to aircraft risks from the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
The regulator added that there were also risks related to an increase in the number of military operations using civilian airports, and the fact that “military drones and aircraft operating in the conflict zone may inadvertently intrude on adjacent civilian airspace.”;