Utah plane lands in Iran mysteriously

U.S. airplanes would typically need government approval to land in Iran due to sanctions.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   April 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM

TEHRAN, April 19 (UPI) -- An airplane owned by the Bank of Utah mysteriously showed up at an airport in Tehran, Iran, despite a ban on the U.S. doing business in the country.

The private aircraft, which bears a small U.S. flag, arrived at the Mehrabad Airport on Tuesday.

Brett King, one of the bank's executives in Salt Lake City, said the bank acted as a trustee for investors who have a financial stake in the plane.

“We have no idea why that plane was at that airport," he said.

Any U.S. aircraft would typically need prior approval from the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control to set down in Iran.

Iranian officials aren't shedding any more light on the mystery.

“We don’t have any information in this regard. I refer you to the owner," said a spokesman for Iran's United Nations mission in New York.

[New York Times]
[Tehran Times]

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Topics: Tehran Times
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kim Jong Un had terrapin farm manager executed, says source
More than 80 percent of North Korean defectors are women, says report
North Korea requests medical aid from U.N. agencies
Encroaching sea levels endanger Pakistan's Indus Delta
Kenyan bishop warns Obama against pro-gay policy