17:44 GMT03 August 2020
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    Two US jet fighters approached dangerously close to an Iranian passenger plane, causing its pilot to quickly change altitude to avoid colliding with an F-15, according to media reports.

    On Thursday, reports emerged in Iranian media that a Mahan Air passenger plane was intercepted by US fighters while en route from Tehran to Beirut. US Central Command later said that a US F-15 fighter had intercepted the plane, keeping a safe distance of some 1,000 meters (over 3,280 feet) in line with international standards to ensure the safety of US-led coalition bases in Syria.

    Iran's Civil Aviation Organization confirmed that some passengers were injured when the plane tried to avoid a collision with the US aircraft.

    Iran subsequently lodged a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over the US Air Force's actions.


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