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Iranian Official: Hungarian, Not US Plane Forced to Land


A senior Iranian official says a plane forced down in Iran was a Hungarian aid plane with no Americans on board.

The official denied an earlier report by an Iranian news agency that Iranian fighter planes forced a U.S. plane to land when it strayed into Iranian airspace. The official also said the incident took place September 30 - not on Sunday and Monday, as had earlier been reported.

The Fars news agency said the plane was carrying five U.S. military officials and three civilians on a trip to Afghanistan. It said they were questioned and allowed to go on their way.

The White House and the Pentagon had both dismissed that report.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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