The document says that the decision was made "in the interests of ensuring the safety of the population and the airspace of the UAE."
On January 2, an An-12 plane skid off a landing strip in the country's Sharjah international airport. No one was injured in the incident.
The department advised air companies at Sharjah, Dubai and other airports, which currently have some 30 An-12 planes in use, to begin getting rid of this type of aircraft.
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