Iranian air marshals aboard a Syria-bound Iran Air flight arrested a man for attempting to hijack the plane, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting reported today. An unspecified number of Iranian lawmakers were on the plane en route to a parliamentary conference in Damascus [IRIB, 27 November].
Iran’s semi-official Fars New Agency reported that the incident and the arrest happened minutes before the Iran Air flight landed in the Syrian capital. Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Nushabadi said the suspect admitted he was intending to hijack the Airbus plane. The suspect was unarmed.