Iranian state tv mentioned Israeli fighter jets intercepted an Iranian passenger plane because it flew over Syria en path to Beirut on Thursday, forcing it to take evasive motion.
IRIB tv channel aired beginner footage of passengers on board screaming because the plane operated by Iran’s Mahan Air appeared to alter course immediately.
Another video apparently shot on a cellphone appeared to indicate no less than two fighter jets flying beside the passenger jet.
“After this harmful motion by the Israeli fighter, the pilot of the industrial plane rapidly lowered the altitude of the flight to keep away from colliding with the Israeli fighter, injuring a number of passengers on board,” its web site reported.
The IRIB report cited unnamed sources as saying the fighter jets might have belonged to Israel or the United States.
It known as the incident “provocative and harmful”.
One passenger within the IRIB report described how his head had hit the roof of the plane in the course of the change in altitude and video additionally confirmed an aged passenger sprawled on the ground.
Syrian tv and the SANA information company, quoting civil aviation sources, mentioned that “planes believed to belong to the US-led coalition intercepted a civilian Iranian airplane in Syrian airspace within the Tanaf area, which compelled the captain to undertake a pointy drop that led to mild accidents amongst passengers”.
The plane, which had been en route from Tehran, continued on to Beirut as scheduled after the incident, the sources added.
Israel has launched a whole lot of strikes in Syria because the begin of the nation’s civil battle in 2011.
The nine-year-old battle in Syria has killed greater than 380,000 individuals and displaced greater than half of the nation’s pre-war inhabitants.