The intercept occurred in order “to ensure the safety of coalition personnel at Tanf garrison” in southern Syria, according to a statement released by the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).
The U.S. F-15 was on a routine air mission near the CJTF-OIR At Tanf garrison in Syria. They conducted a routine visual inspection at approximately 1000 meters, a safe distance away from the passenger aircraft.
Once the F-15 pilot was able to identify the aircraft as a Mahan Air passenger plane, they safely opened the distance from the passenger plane. The intercept was professional and was conducted within international standards.
According to the Iranian media, several passengers were injured, as the Mahan Air pilot was forced to drop altitude to avoid collision. The incident occurred while the airliner was flying from Tehran to Beirut. Mahan Airlines is a privately owned Iranian airline, based in Tehran, Iran.