//The World: US admits to ‘intercepting’ Iranian passenger plane

The World: US admits to ‘intercepting’ Iranian passenger plane

The US Central Command has claimed accountability for enticing with an Iranian passenger plane in Syrian airspace. Iranian officials have threatened to take legal and political motion over the incident.

US Central Command on Thursday tested that one of its warplanes had intercepted an Iranian passenger aircraft in Syrian airspace.

The F-15 “conducted a fashionable visible inspection of a Mahan Air passenger airliner at a secure distance of about 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) from the airliner this evening,” said Captain Bill Urban, a senior spokesman for US Central Command.

“The expert intercept was carried out in accordance with international standards,” Urban added.

During the interaction, the pilot of the Iranian passenger airplane carried out a safety maneuver and dropped the plane numerous hundred toes before stabilizing its altitude.

As a result of the maneuver, various passengers received minor injuries, according to Iranian state media.

(dw)