MIDDLE EAST: Antonov An-12s banned from UAE airspace

The United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority has banned a widely used cargo aircraft from UAE airspace, citing safety concerns. A number of recent accidents involving the Antonov An-12, a four-engine turboprop plane, prompting the authority to blacklist the plane last week. Th e An-12 has a range of more than 3,000 km and […]


The United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority has banned a widely used cargo aircraft from UAE airspace, citing safety concerns.

A number of recent accidents involving the Antonov An-12, a four-engine turboprop plane, prompting the authority to blacklist the plane last week. Th e An-12 has a range of more than 3,000 km and can carry a payload of 20 tonnes.

About a half-dozen small carriers in the UAE use the Soviet-era aircraft to carry goods such as medicine and food to destinations in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. An estimated three dozen An-12s are regularly flown to and from airports in Dubai, Sharjah, Ras al Khaimah and Fujairah.

A fax message sent by the civil aviation authority to air-cargo companies and airports on Thursday listed four recent incidents.

On 2 January, an An-12 veered off a runway as it was taking off from Sharjah International Airport. The authority’s notice also cited incidents in Sharjah on 24 October and 6 January. Seven people died when an An-12 crashed near Fallujah, Iraq, in November last year.