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23 Jul, 2020 19:41

Passengers injured after ‘Israeli fighter jet’ buzzes Iranian airliner over Syria (VIDEOS)

Passengers injured after ‘Israeli fighter jet’ buzzes Iranian airliner over Syria (VIDEOS)

Several passengers aboard an Iranian passenger plane have reportedly been injured after an encounter with an Israeli fighter jet over Damascus. Iranian media say the dangerous maneuver forced the airliner to rapidly drop altitude.

UPDATE: Tehran says AMERICAN, not Israeli fighter jets endangered & injured passengers of Iranian airliner over Syria

The incident, said to have taken place in the skies above the Syrian capital on Thursday, has been captured on videos published by the Iranian broadcaster IRIB. 

The footage allegedly shows an Israeli fighter jet maneuvering dangerously close to the Iranian aircraft. Another clip shows passengers screaming as the cabin is visibly shaking. 

Footage apparently captured later shows one man talking with blood running down his forehead, while another passenger is filmed lying prone on the floor.

Iranian media said the passenger plane was forced to rapidly drop altitude to avoid a mid-air collision, and that the chaotic scenes show the emergency descent and its aftermath.

The plane reportedly landed safely thereafter. It belongs to the Iranian private company Mahan Air.

There was no comment immediately available from the Israeli Defense Forces.

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