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Western Coalition Plane Forced to Land in Iran

By    |   Friday, 05 Sep 2014 07:33 PM

A plane chartered by Western coalition forces and carrying 100 Americans was ordered to land in Iran on Friday and was held for hours after a delayed take-off from the U.S. military air base at Bagram, reports said.

The Fly Dubai plane was headed for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates but apparently took off much later than scheduled – and by the time it was flying over Iran, the flight plan was no longer valid, prompting Iranian authorities to order the plane to land, officials told ABC News.

"This was a bureaucratic issue with the flight plan of the plane," a senior U.S. official told ABC News. "Everybody is working on the issue, and we expect it to be resolved in the very near future."

Marie Harf, a spokeswoman of the State Department, told CNN Friday night the plane was allowed to leave for Dubai early Saturday morning local time.

The Washington Post, which first posted a report, said the aircraft landed in the city of Bandar Abbas after being warned it would be intercepted if it did not.

Bandar Abbas, a city on the Gulf of Hormuz, is the location of Iran’s main naval base, and its civilian airport is also used as a tactical base by the Iranian air force, The Post reported.

The Post quoted one U.S. official initially saying Iranian fighter jets were scrambled, but the State Department later denied any Iranian military involvement.

Iranian air traffic controllers had requested the plane return to Afghanistan but it didn't have enough fuel, The Guardian reports.

American-chartered flights don't usually cross into Iranian airspace — and U.S. military flights from Middle East staging grounds into Afghanistan try to avoid Iran altogether, the Guardian reported.

In 1988, as U.S. warships patrolled the Gulf during the Iran-Iraq war, a missile fired by the USS Vincennes mistakenly shot down an Iranian commercial airliner that took off from Bandar Abbas, killing all 290 people aboard.

In a settlement reached eight years later, the United States agreed to pay $61.8 million in compensation to the families of the dead.

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