The Turkish authorities have kept the Syrian-bound Iranian plane grounded in Diyarbakir airport. The Ilyushin civilian cargo plane was ordered to land in Turkey’s southeastern airport on Saturday on suspicion that it had illicit cargo on board. The inspectors have discovered a box containing automatic rifles and the aircraft’s seven-man crew was taken to a police station for questioning. The authorities have confiscated the weapons and are expected to allow the plane to take off en route to Syria.
UPDATE: Turkey says the plane returned to Iran Tuesday night without the seized cargo.