Plane Was Forced To Land
UPDATE – SEP 5, 2014, 4:44 EST – The New York Times now reporting:
A plane chartered by an American-led military coalition that was flying through Iranian airspace landed unexpectedly in Iran on Friday, but the Obama administration said it was a bureaucratic issue that should be settled soon and was not a larger political incident between two countries with a history of hostility.
“This is nothing to get alarmed over,” said an administration official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss a delicate diplomatic situation. “This is a bureaucratic problem with the flight plan, and it’s going to be resolved shortly. This is not a political statement.”
The plane, a civilian Fly Dubai aircraft chartered by the International Security Assistance Force that operates in Afghanistan, was flying from Bagram Air Base north of Kabul to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates when it was rerouted to the coastal Iranian city of Bandar Abbas.
American officials said it was not forced down by the Iranian military, but it is unclear whether it was escorted by Iranian warplanes.
“The issue appears to have been resolved,” an administration official said late Friday afternoon, “and hopefully the plane will be able to take off soon.”
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE (SEP. 5, 2014 3:46 PM EST): According to The Washington Post (link): “A U.S. military charter aircraft flying from Afghanistan has been forced down in Iran by Iranian fighter jets, according to officials familiar with the incident”
The plane was forced to land, according to multiple reports. The aircraft was coming from Afghanistan CNN reporting: “A charter airplane carrying military contractors, including Americans, was forced to land Friday in Tehran, Iran, after being told they filed an out of date flight plan, U.S. officials told CNN.”
The reasons for the forced landing are unknown thus far. We will keep updating as the story develops. The plane was forced to land, according to multiple sources. People all over the world are already tweeting about the incident.
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