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Old 29th Oct 2015, 10:49
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Recall Old Memory Banks, Please...

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Some years ago I heard an audio interview with the Capt. of a U.S.-branded airliner who was forced to make an emergency landing in Iran - fuel, weather or mechanical issues I do not recall. I DO recall hearing that the Capt, his crew, pax and airplane were treated extremely well. I cannot recall the exact nature of his emergency, yet it seemed obvious that the crew has NO other choices. This happened at the height of the major dispute between the U.S. and Iran, perhaps 1980 or 1981.

If anyone has any recall or knowledge of this event, links to news or other reports, or especially a later audio interview with the Capt. of the aircraft, I'd be grateful for anything that you can provide.

If PM is your choice, please use it! Your privacy will always be honored.

Even if you do not have personal details, a firm airline, flight number and date will enhance my many searches. Whatever you have or may recall will help. My own faulty memory suggests that the even aircraft was a DC-10, but I do NOT know that as fact. Again, PM is fine if you prefer. I really want to find the details of this now Old event. Grateful thanks to any and all who can provide a few pointers that will assist my search. Thank you. This is important. NFZ - aka - Cg.

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Old 29th Oct 2015, 10:53
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I think it was a Northwest Airlines DC-10. Now part of Delta Airlines.

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Old 29th Oct 2015, 11:08
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Northwest DC10, found this link with interview with the captain.

Episode 4: Bo Corby & NWA Flight 41 into Tehran : Flight Podcast

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Old 29th Oct 2015, 11:18
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Hot Dang!!

Thanks guys! There were TWO responses even before I revised my inquiry a bit to make it a little more clear. This community is awesome!
Will track - and awaiting a bit more... There just has to be more out there than the audio/pod-cast noted. ANYthing will help. Thank you.
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Old 29th Oct 2015, 14:24
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FlyerTalk [4pp] NW 41 diverts to Tehran
FlyerTalk [6pp] U.S. airliner makes emergency landing in Tehran
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This happened at the height of the major dispute between the U.S. and Iran, perhaps 1980 or 1981.
Bo Corby and crew diverted to I presume Mehrabad airport (Khomeini airport had recently opened) on June 19, 2005 so you might have another incident in mind.

I operated into Mehrabad with an overseas carrier in the 1990's. The folks were warm and helpful. My nationality was incorrectly listed on the gen dec, apparently an agreed 'oversight' arranged locally with operations. It was a turn, some folks went to duty free to get caviar, I always stayed on the plane.

The Revolutionary Guards would come on the plane for a 'security check'. They knew I was a gringo and often teased me 'come, be our guest!' The ground staff was polite and friendly.
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My nationality was incorrectly listed on the gen dec
Let me guess. Canadian?
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Old 30th Oct 2015, 02:33
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I used to transit thru Tehran regularly with Kuwait Air in their 727 fleet in the early 90s, I never had any problems.
Since we had a lot of American Captains then, most stayed in their seat in the flight deck, and never spoke a word until the door was closed.
Just had to make sure we taxied exactly where they instructed, and never use the taxiways on the military side of the runway.

Always very glad to leave that place . . .
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Got it

Thanks folks. That's the one I was looking for.
I must say... I sure BLEW it on the date.
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I would hazard an educated guess that there would be a substantial difference in cordiality and treatment between any American meeting with any Iranian civilian - as compared to an American meeting up with a Revolutionary Guard.
The latter are the trained pitbulls of the hardline Islamic establishment - the former are more inclined to be just regular ordinary people, who don't carry extremist grudges, as part of their daily life.
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