A Norwegian jet has been stranded in the Gulf for more than three weeks as it waits for vital parts which are restricted by US sanctions on
Norwegian Air’s Boeing 737 MAX was forced to land over engine difficulty on December 14 along with its 192 passengers and crew.
Those on board were able to return to Oslo the next day but the jet remained grounded in the southwestern city of Shiraz.
Iranian mechanics are blaming the Trump administration’s sanctions preventing vital trade in aeronautical parts.
A Norwegian Air Boeing jet (file photo), the company’s 737 MAX was forced to land due to an engine problem on December 14 after leaving Dubai and has not made it home since
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has made threats towards the US saying there will be increased drugs and terrorism in the West in the wake of sanctions
According to the
The American government reimposed sanctions on Iran on November 5 which targeted aircraft and air services.
A passenger told the National that an hour after leaving Dubai their plane was grounded in Shiraz because of low oil pressure in one of the turbines.
He told the magazine: ‘Emotions were high at the hotel when the promised evening flight didn’t materialise and we were told we would spend the night in Iran.
‘Many argued that we should have been put on a quick flight back to Dubai, rather than kept in Iran overnight.’
The US State Department currently issues a red ‘Do Not Travel’ warning against journeying to Iran.
Their website cites a specific risk to civil aviation operating within or close to the country’s airspace.
President Donald Trump sits with his Game of Thrones style ‘Sanctions Are Coming’ poster which was unveiled before fresh sanctions hit Iran on November 5
One Iranian Twitter user wrote: ‘Iran has become a Bermuda Triangle that feeds on planes,’ as many questioned the veracity of the mechanics’ claims over aeroplane parts.
Another user said: ‘I guess that means the Norwegian plane is being held hostage in Iran – by US sanctions.’
Donald Trump is locked in a diplomatic struggle with the hostile state after he hammered President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal as being ‘the worst deal ever’ and withdrew from The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded by escalating his violent rhetoric, saying he faced a ‘war situation’ and ordering fighter jets to perform drills after Trump’s announcement.
Rouhani said last month: ‘I warn those who impose sanctions that if Iran’s ability to fight drugs and terrorism are affected … you will not be safe from a deluge of drugs, asylum seekers, bombs and terrorism.’