October 7, 2008 / 2:00 PM / 9 years ago

Iran TV says plane forced to land not American

TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian state television station said on Tuesday that a plane that was forced to land in Iran was not a U.S. military aircraft, but that five senior U.S. military officials had been on board.

The report by Iran’s Arabic-language al-Alam station contradicted an earlier report by the semi-official Fars News Agency, which said the aircraft was American.

Al-Alam said the plane had been carrying aid to Afghanistan and was probably British or Hungarian.

Reporting by Parisa Hafezi, Writing by Fredrik Dahl; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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