U.S. Jet Fighter Intercepts Iranian Passenger Plane over Syria

July 24, 2020

Author: 

Nancy A. Youssef, Aresu Eqbali, and Sune Engel Rasmussen

Publication: 

The Wall Street Journal

Related Country: 

  • Syria

A U.S. F-15 fighter jet came within 1,000 meters of an Iranian airliner over Syria, forcing the Iranian airplane to descend abruptly and injuring several of its passengers. The U.S. Defense Department said that it was conducting a visual inspection of the Mahan Air plane "in accordance with international standards" to ensure the safety of personnel at a U.S. airbase in al-Tanf. Iran described the encounter as "harassment" and claimed that the jet came within 100 meters of the passenger plane.