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Several Passengers Aboard Iranian Plane Injured After US Fighter Jets Forced It To Change Course

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Several passengers aboard Iranian Mahan Air plane injured after US Fighter Jets forced it to change course.

US Central Command said a single F-15 had made a visual inspection of the Iranian airliner.

It said the move was to ensure the safety of coalition personnel at the military base in Al Tanf.

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Iran has promised political response after several passengers aboard Mahan Air plane were injured when two US F-15 Fighter Jets forced it to change course quickly.

The pilot was forced change altitude quickly to avoid collision after the two US fighter jets came close to the Iranian passenger plane over Syrian airspace.

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Video posted on Iran’s official IRIB news agency showed a single jet from the window of the plane and comments from a passenger who had blood on his face.

Responding to Iran’s claim, US Central Command said a single F-15 had made a “visual inspection of the Iranian airliner at a safe distance of approximately 1,000 metres”





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It said the move was to ensure the safety of coalition personnel at the military base in Al Tanf. The command said it was “in accordance with international standards”.

US Central Command added that :

“Once the F-15 pilot identified the aircraft as a Mahan Air passenger plane; the F-15 safely opened distance from the aircraft.”

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The Iranian Mahan Air plane, which was heading from Tehran to Beirut, landed safely in Beirut.

Israel and the US have long accused Mahan Air of ferrying weapons for Iranian-linked guerrillas in Syria.

The United States imposed sanctions on Mahan Air in 2011. The US claimed the airline provided financial and other support to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.





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