Officials: U.S. charter airplane carrying Americans forced to land in Iran
(CNN) — A charter airplane carrying military contractors, including Americans, was ordered to land Friday in Iran after its pilots were told the flight plan was out of date, U.S. officials told CNN.
The Fly Dubai charter plane was en route to the United Arab Emirates when it was told by Iran that it needed to return to Afghanistan, the officials said.
The pilots said they did not have enough fuel to return to Afghanistan, and the Iranians ordered it to land or be “intercepted,” the officials said.
It landed in Bandar Abbas in southern Iran near the Persian Gulf, the officials said. There were 140 passengers, including 100 U.S. citizens, on board the flight, which originated at Bagram Airfield, they said.
By late Friday, a senior U.S. State Department official told CNN, “the issue appears to have been resolved and, hopefully, the plane will be able to take off soon.”
All of the passengers were still believed to be on board, the officials said.