Tehran filed a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on Friday, July 24, regarding the incident with U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jets and Iranian Mahan Air passenger jet flying on the Tehran-Beirut route.
According to news agencies, the ICAO considered “the actions of U.S. fighters, which interfered with the Iranian passenger aircraft, as an open violation of international law and norms, as well as standards of air navigation.
Incident in the sky over Syria
On Thursday, July 23, two F-15 fighters came close to a Mahan Air passenger plane in the sky above the Al-Tanf area in Syria, where the U.S. military is based. The pilot of the passenger plane, noticing a dangerous rapprochement, was forced to point the plane sharply down to avoid the collision, which injured several people on board.
Iranian authorities are studying the circumstances of the incident. Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran representative Abbas Musavi noted that Tehran will take necessary political and legal measures as soon as it receives additional information.
The interception was carried out in accordance with international standards.
Meanwhile, U.S. Army Central Command (CENTCOM) claims that “professional intercepts were conducted in accordance with international standards. CENTCOM said the F-15 crew that was on a routine air mission near the garrison of al-Tanf in Syria “conducted a standard visual inspection of a Mahan Air passenger aircraft at a safe distance of about 1000 meters from the aircraft.
The inspection was conducted to ensure the safety of garrison personnel, Central Command assured. “As soon as the F-15 pilot identified the liner as a Mahan Air passenger aircraft, the F-15 moved a safe distance from the aircraft,” the statement further states.