Iran Condemns US Jets' Dangerous Interception of its Passenger Plane
publish date: Saturday 25 July 2020
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MRUD NEWS—Following the fly-by of US Jets close to an Iranian passenger plane over Syrian airspace which was en route to Beirut on Thursday 23 July 2020, Iran condemns this maneuvering of the jet fighters and considers it as breach of international law.
Iran is set to lodge a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over harassment of its civilian plane by two U.S. fighter jets.
The maneuvering of two U.S. Air Force F-15 combat jets in the vicinity of Airbus A310 airliner belonging to Iran's Mahan Airlines led the pilot to change altitude rapidly to avoid collision, which injured and panicked passengers.
United States says it was conducting a 'visual inspection'; however, Iran dismissed this explanation.
Iran's Minister of Roads and Urban Development, Mohammad Eslami, described the U.S. jets' move as an "act of terrorism."
"Our passenger plane was moving at the international commercial flight route and corridor, and the American fighter jets' threatening move was unlawful and inhumane," said Eslami.
Besides, the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced that Iran will "take necessary political and legal measures" over the incident.
According to the Director at Iran Civil Aviation Authority, Mohammad Saeed Sharafi, "in accordance with provisions of Annex 13 of the Chicago Convention, the Civil Aviation Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran contacted Syrian authorities and called for a speedy and accurate investigation of the incident…considering this aggression by the US fighters a grave violation of international law and aviation rules and regulations, the Civil Aviation Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran would like to voice its strong objection against this violation to the Council and call for immediate investigation by ICAO as well".
The Mahan Air aircraft, with over 150 passengers on board, was later landed safely in the Lebanese capital, then flew back to Tehran.