US fighter jets forced an Iranian airliner to land in Beirut
BREAKING: Iran claims American fighter jets “threatened” an Iranian Mahan airliner to land in Beirut.
According to initial reports, the Iranian pilot changed altitude quickly to avoid a collision, which injured several passengers.
Iranian media claims that two fighter jets came close to the Iranian passenger plane over Syrian airspace.
The pilots introduced themselves as Americans in conversation with the Iranian pilot.
The flight was intercepted near al-Tanf and made an emergency landing in Damascus before continuing to Beirut.
Earlier, Iranian media claimed that Israeli fighter jets harassed the passenger plane.
Responding to the alleged interception, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said: “We are studying what happened to the Iranian passenger plane and will take the necessary measures politically and legally.”
US officials confirmed later that two US military aircraft were conducting legal, routine flights in the vicinity of al-Tanf military base today as an Iranian commercial aircraft was nearby. The inspection occurred to ensure the safety of coalition personnel. Once the F-15 pilot identified the aircraft as Mahan Air passenger plane, the F-15 safely opened distance from the aircraft. The interception was conducted in accordance with international standards.
BREAKING: Iran claims an Israeli fighter jet "threatened an Iranian Mahan airliner to land in Beirut. According to Israeli sources, IAF jets are not involved in the event. There are unconfirmed reports of American F15 jets involved in the incident. https://t.co/jJRJMfgT8C pic.twitter.com/z0SMndCZUz
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