U.S. Private Plane Spotted in Iran

Mehrabad airport in Tehran / Wikimedia Commons


A private American plane owned by the Bank of Utah landed at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran this week, according to the Blaze.

The identity of the plane's passenger is unknown, but airport officials say he is a "VIP" passenger.

According to the Blaze:

The plane, which was spotted in Tehran on Tuesday, appears to be owned by the Bank of Utah, "a community bank in Ogden that has 13 branches throughout the state," according to the Times.

But, again, the plane’s reason for being in Iran, a country where nearly all U.S. business activities are prohibited, is unknown.

"[S]ome former federal officials," the Times reported, "said the very presence of an American-flagged aircraft parked in broad daylight suggested its flight had been approved as part of a legitimate business trip. What is more, they said, the easily identifiable plane was not likely to be part of a covert diplomatic mission."

Still, acquiring permission to touch down in Iran is extremely difficult due to current U.S. trade rules.