US fighter jet has close call with Iranian plane above Syria

Several passengers aboard the Mahan Air flight were injured when the pilots carried out a rapid descent into Beirut in response to the close call.
1:18 | 07/24/20

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Transcript for US fighter jet has close call with Iranian plane above Syria
Now to the close call in the sky. Panic and chaos on an Iranian passenger plane after the pilot says the flight descended 14,000 feet in just 4 minutes after a possible collision with an American fighter jet. Ian Pannell joins us with the latest. Good morning, Ian. Reporter: Yeah, Michael, this morning, Iran accusing the U.S. Of attacking one of its commercial passenger planes in the skies over Syria. This happened when an American f-15 fighter jet came close to the aircraft. While not verified by ABC news according to Iran state media this shows the moments after the flight descended 14,000 feet in just four minutes. The Iranians claiming the pilot was forced to maneuver to avoid a collision. The U.S. Confirming an American f-15 did fly close to the Iranian jetliner but to carry out a visual idea of the aircraft which was heading over an American military base at the time. This video also shown by Iranian TV claims to show the jet in the distance. Now a military spokesperson telling ABC news their aircraft was more than half a mile away and one pilot identified the aircraft as civilian and opened distance. The plane landing in Lebanon. Some passengers injured but this incident speaks to how tense relations are between Iran and America. George. Boy, it certainly does. Thank you very much.

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