September 6, 2001
Excuse me, I'm trying to fly a plane
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
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.
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