U.S. plane stuck in Iran for repairs after emergency landing

DUBAI Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:46am EST

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DUBAI (Reuters) - A small U.S. commercial plane has been stuck in Iran for nearly three weeks after making an emergency landing near the city of Ahvaz, the country's airports director said on Sunday.

The plane was forced to land because of technical problems, Mahmoud Rasoulinejad said, quoted by the Mehr news agency.

"After landing, the crew traveled on to countries around the Persian Gulf and the plane is currently being repaired," he said.

Rasoulinejad did not specify who owned the aircraft, where it was headed or the nationality of the crew members. It would soon be ready to return to the skies, he said.

Ahvaz lies near Iran's border with Iraq in the southwest of Iran, an important area for the country's oil industry.

Earlier this month Iran trumpeted the capture of a compact U.S. intelligence ScanEagle drone in its airspace, which U.S. officials have denied.

In December 2011 Iranian forces announced they had captured a U.S. RQ-170 reconnaissance drone in eastern Iran which had been reported lost by U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

(Reporting By Marcus George; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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Comments (5)
Bill_Braski wrote:
I don’t see how this is news so much as a number of random facts. An aircraft executed an emergency landing and the crew continued on while it is being fixed. The ScanEagle and RQ-170 have nothing to do with this.

Dec 30, 2012 8:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
kafantaris wrote:
There is nothing wrong with Chuck Hagel taking Panetta’s job. Hagel is not only competent but also a true American who calls things as he sees them — and when he sees them.
When he is wrong, as anybody who speaks his mind often is, Hagel acknowledges it and moves on.
Accommodating Israel at every turn is not a prerequisite to being a U.S Secretary of Defense. Those who want to make it one should reflect that if Israel had its way we would be bombing Iran by now. With Hagel’s help on the intelligence advisory board we are accomplishing more for the Middle East by letting the people of who live and die there determine their destiny. Things are not pretty now, but chaos does precede order, as Nietzsche said.

Dec 30, 2012 4:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ErnestPayne wrote:
The law of unintended side effects when it comes to american laws about providing goods to an “enemy state”. Wave bye bye to the plane. It is going nowhere without high level diplomacy.

Dec 31, 2012 10:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
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