Sep 5, 2014
U.S. military charter lands in Iran
The officials, who asked not to be named because they weren't authorized to discuss the issue, said the incident would likely be resolved soon.
The flight was carrying about 100 passengers, most of them U.S. government contractors, and originated in Bagram, a large military air base in Afghanistan. There were no U.S. service personnel on board.
The aircraft was operated by Fly Dubai, a commercial airline based in the United Arab Emirates.
The officials said the Iranians asked the pilot to turn around. The pilot, worried that the aircraft didn't have enough fuel to return to Bagram, was given an option to land instead at an airport in southern Iran, Bandar Abbas.
The officials said the pilot was flying an established flight plan through Iranian airspace, but the flight had been delayed by several hours in Bagram. As a result, the Iranians had not expected them at the time they were flying through their airspace.