Second Iranian plane forced to land in Turkey: report

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 12:10 PM
Second Iranian plane forced to land in Turkey: report

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An Iranian cargo plane was forced to land in southeast Turkey for the second time in a week on suspicion it was carrying illicit material to Syria, Turkish media said Sunday.

The plane landed overnight and searches took place on Sunday.

Last Tuesday night another plane was similarly forced to land but departed the following day after a search squad trained in chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear cargo found nothing illegal.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry and airport authorities declined to comment.

(Reporting by Alexandra Hudson)