US plane 'forced to land in Iran'

  Seth Haniel 14:31 07 Oct 2008
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A US plane has been forced to land in Iran after violating Iranian territory, the Iranian semi-official Fars news agency has reported.

It said the Falcon aircraft entered Iranian airspace from Turkey, flying at low altitude to avoid radar.

The agency said the plane was detected by Iranian fighter jets, which forced it to land at an undisclosed airport.

Passengers included five senior American generals and three civilians, the report said.

The agency said the group was interrogated at the airport and then allowed to leave after it was realised they had entered unintentionally.

  Jak_1 14:33 07 Oct 2008

"The agency said the group was interrogated at the airport and then allowed to leave after it was realised they had entered unintentionally."

Hm, believe that if you will!

  Seth Haniel 14:53 07 Oct 2008

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Iran 'forces down foreign plane'

A foreign aircraft has been forced to land in Iran after violating Iranian airspace, Iranian news agencies say.

The semi-official Fars said the plane was a US Falcon, while state TV said it belonged to a European aid agency.

Both reports said those on board were released a day later, without saying when the event happened.

The Pentagon denied any of its aircraft had been involved in such an incident, saying all were accounted for and that none had landed in Iran.

The Fars report said the aircraft entered Iranian airspace from Turkey, flying at low altitude to avoid radar.

It said the plane was intercepted by Iranian fighter jets and forced to land at an undisclosed airport.

It said its occupants were released a day later after it became clear they had entered the country unintentionally

  newman35 15:03 07 Oct 2008

Makes a change from all the financial doom and gloom - as one 'pundit' said this morning "This finance crisis would be solved overnight - by a big war" !!

  bremner 15:37 07 Oct 2008

You can be absolutely sure that if there was anything remotely suspect about this then the Iranians would have milked it for all it was worth, as they did with the British sailors.

Just seems to be a straightforward mistake by the pilot.

  Jak_1 16:18 07 Oct 2008

According to the latest news on Radio 5 Live, it transpires it was a Hungarion aid plane on it's way to Afghanistan from Turkey.

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