Stranded U.S. Bizjet Leaves Iran

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An American-registered Dassault Falcon 900 took off from an Iranian airport Monday about three weeks after it had made an emergency landing. According to The Associated Press the aircraft was on its way to Rotterdam from Abu Dhabi in early December when a technical fault forced a diversion to Ahvaz in southwestern Iran. There was a single passenger and two crew members on board the aircraft at the time and they left the country immediately after landing.

The aircraft was left behind and repaired by a crew from Abu Dhabi. It was not clear why the diversion wasn't reported when it happened, nor were the identities of those on board or the aircraft's owner released. The aircraft left just as Iranian officials were preparing to close the Ahvaz Airport. The airport sits on a rich oil field and is being moved to allow drilling on the site.