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(CNN) - A charter airplane carrying military contractors, including Americans, was forced to land Friday in Iran after its pilots were told the flight plan was out of date, U.S. officials told CNN.
The plane was en route to the United Arab Emirates when it was told by Iran that it needed to return to Afghanistan, the officials said.
The plane did not have enough fuel to return to Afghanistan, and the Iranians ordered it land or be "intercepted," the officials said. It landed in Bandar Abbas in southern Iran near the Persian Gulf, and Iranian officials inspected the aircraft.
The plane was carrying mostly contractors, including Americans, the officials said.
Chartered from Fly Dubai to fly from Bagram air base to Dubai, the plane left three hours later than scheduled, so Iranian authorities considered the flight plan "expired" by the time it crossed into Iranian airspace, administration officials tells CNN.
Fly Dubai arranged a new flight plan and fuel, and settled things with Iranian authorities, sources said. It took a little extra time because a new crew was required; the original crew had exceeded its 12-hour flying limit and three-hour extension.
The plane should be wheels up any minute, according to officials.
(CNN) - A Guam-bound United Airlines flight that was forced to land on remote Midway Island after pilots detected an electrical odor experienced a mechanical problem, the carrier said Monday.
The Boeing 777 was carrying 335 passengers and 13 crew from Honolulu when it diverted to the Pacific atoll last Thursday, United spokeswoman Mary Clark said.
(CNN) - Some 75 Atlanta-based staff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have been unintentionally exposed to anthrax, the agency said Thursday.
They are being monitored or provided antibiotics.
"Based on most of the potential exposure scenarios, the risk of infection is very low," the agency said in a statement.
(CNN) - Rep. Eric Cantor will relinquish his leadership position as the No. 2 House Republican, he announced Wednesday after losing his Virginia primary in a stunning upset.
"While I may have had suffered a personal setback last night, I couldn't be more optimistic about the future," he said at a news conference on Capitol Hill, calling for Republican unity ahead of November midterms.
"Now, while intend to serve out my term as member of Congress in the seventh district of Virginia, effective July 31, I will be stepping down as majority leader," he said.
(CNN) – Keith Crisco, a businessman who was locked in a primary runoff for a Democratic congressional seat in North Carolina with Clay Aiken, has died, according to the company he co-founded and a Democratic source.
Details of his death were not immediately clear. He was 71.
He was running a very close second in the primary battle in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District, around 300 votes behind Aiken.