U.S. Central Command Statement on a Visual Inspection of a Mahan Air Passenger Airliner

July 23, 2020

Weapon Program: 

  • Military


Capt. Bill Urban

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Spokesman for U.S. Central Command

TAMPA, Fla., July 23, 2020—A U.S. F-15 on a routine air mission in the vicinity of the CJTF-OIR At Tanf garrison in Syria conducted a standard visual inspection of a Mahan Air passenger airliner at a safe distance of approximately 1,000 meters from the airliner this evening. The visual inspection occurred to ensure the safety of coalition personnel at At Tanf garrison. Once the F-15 pilot identified the aircraft as a Mahan Air passenger plane, the F-15 safely opened distance from the aircraft. The professional intercept was conducted in accordance with international standards.