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    Iranian TV says aircraft forced down in Iran is Hungarian, not a U.S. jet

    HotNewsTurkey with wires
    07.10.2008 - 16:11 | Son Güncelleme: 07.10.2008 - 17:38

    An Iranian state television station on Tuesday said a plane that was forced to land in Iran was Hungarian, not a U.S. military jet as reported earlier by a semi-official Iranian news agency. (UPDATED)

    Iran's Arabic-language al-Alam satellite station, citing a military source, also said there had been no U.S. military officials on board, as it had earlier reported.


    A U.S. military aircraft was carrying five military officials and three civilians from Turkey to Afghanistan when it "unintentionally" entered Iranian airspace, the semi-official Fars News Agency earlier said. 


    "After a day’s interrogation, it emerged that the aircraft did not enter Iran intentionally and it was allowed to leave for Afghanistan."


    Fars did not say when the incident happened or give a source for the report, which comes at a time of tension between Tehran and Washington over Iran's disputed nuclear program.


    U.S. DENIES 

    The Pentagon denied the report that a U.S. military aircraft had violated Iranian territory and had been forced to land in Iran, saying all American planes were accounted for.

    "I haven't heard anything like that," the Pentagon's Bryan Whitman was quoted as saying.

    The White House said it was looking into Iranian reports of forcing down an aircraft carrying U.S. troops but that it had no reason to believe they are correct.


    "We're looking into the various and conflicting reports coming from the Iranian news agencies, but do not have any information at this time that would lead us to believe they are correct," said spokesman Gordon Johndroe.

    Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hasan Qashqavi said he has no information about the case.






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