Iran has dismissed media reports that a Ukrainian plane has been hijacked in Iran, saying the aircraft left Iran for Kiev after it was refueled in the northeastern city of Mashhad, according to Tasnim new agency.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry also issued a statement asserting that no plane had been hijacked.
“There are no hijacked Ukrainian planes in Kabul or elsewhere. The information about the ‘hijacked plane’ that is being circulated by some media outlets is not true,” the ministry’s spokesperson, Oleg Nikolenko, told the local RBC news agency.
The plane has since landed in Kyiv.
“That plane was refueled in the airport of Mashhad yesterday and landed in the airport of Kiev at 21:50 (local time),” Mohammad Hassan Zibakhsh, spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran, was quoted by the new agency as saying.
Earlier, some media reports quoting Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Yenin had reported that a Ukrainian plane that arrived in the Afghan capital Kabul to evacuate Ukrainians was hijacked by unidentified people who flew it to Iran.