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September 6, 2001

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Iran Plane in Emergency Landing After Crew Fight

TEHRAN, Sep 6, 2001 (Reuters) - An Iran Air plane with 430 passengers on board made an emergency landing in Frankfurt after a dispute between the pilot and security guards, the carrier's head Behzad Mazaheri said on Thursday.

The fight followed an attempt by the guards to keep a passenger from visiting the pilot in the cockpit during Wednesday's flight from Tehran to London, Mazaheri said on state television.

``The pilot then landed in Frankfurt airport, saying he did not have the morale to continue,'' he said, adding that the plane resumed its flight after six hours.

Mazaheri said the authorities were investigating.

Iranian airliners have been carrying several members of the Revolutionary Guards on each flight since a spate of hijackings in the 1980s by the People's Mujahideen, an Iraq-based Iranian rebel group.

Mazaheri said there have been numerous instances of quarrels between pilots and guards on Iran Air flights.

Thanks to Ramin Tabib

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