The U.S. air force escorted the Iranian passenger liner, said at the Pentagon
F-15 aircraft, the U.S. air force escorted the Iranian airliner from a distance of one kilometer, taking into account international norms, stated in the press service of the U.S. Central command (CENTCOM).
It noted that after the pilot of the F-15 identified the aircraft as passenger aircraft Mahan Air, an American fighter moved away to a safe distance.
"Professional interception was conducted in accordance with international standards", — emphasized in the command of the United States.
Earlier it was reported about the convergence of fighters with Iranian passenger plane of the airline Mahan Air, flying from Tehran to Beirut. Initially there was information that fighters intercepted an Iranian passenger plane, could be Israeli, then broadcaster IRIB, citing data from the flight crew announced that we are talking about the American interceptors.
Iranian media reported several people injured when the pilot of the plane tried to leave from collision with the fighters. The incident, according to media reports, occurred in the district of al-TANF in Syria, where the us forces. A passenger plane landed in Beirut, landed passengers, refueled, then flew back to Tehran.
Iranian foreign Minister announced that Tehran is studying the circumstances of the incident, but did not specify the guilty. In Tehran said that they would take necessary political and legal measures, as soon as I get more information about it.