U.S. Fighter Jets Near Iranian Passenger Plane over Syrian Airspace

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Two U.S. fighter jets came close to an Iranian passenger plane over Syrian airspace, leading the pilot to change altitude so as to avoid collision, the official IRIB news agency reported on Thursday.

The Iranian plane, belonging to Mahan Air, was heading from Tehran to Beirut.

Head of the Beirut airport told Reuters that all the passengers left the plane, some with minor injuries.

The plane arrived back in Tehran in the early hours of Friday, the Fars news agency reported.

For his part, Captain Bill Urban, the senior Central Command spokesman, stressed that the F-15 conducted a standard visual inspection of a Mahan Air passenger airliner at a safe distance of about 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) from the airliner this evening.

“The visual inspection occurred to ensure the safety of coalition personnel at At Tanf garrison,” Urban said.

“Once the F-15 pilot identified the aircraft as a Mahan Air passenger plane, the F-15 safely opened distance from the aircraft,” he added, saying that the intercept was conducted in accordance with international standards.

Source: Kataeb.org