Seven American citizens, who were imprisoned in Iran, arrived back in the US after being transported from Qatar on a privately owned Gulfstream V.
Pictures shared by Reuters, CNN, and a number of other media outlets showed a Gulfstream V private jet on the airfield where the US citizens landed following the prisoner exchange with Iran.
Analysis of flightradar24.com and ADS-B Exchange data showed that the aircraft, registered as N588AT, landed at Davison Army Airfield (DAA), just south of Washington, D.C. at 5:30 am local time (UTC +4).
Here are the seven Americans on their way home from Iran alongside a world class group of American diplomats. Welcome home. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/fjkAhNkGPw— Jake Sullivan (@JakeSullivan46) September 19, 2023
ADS-B Exchange flight records showed that the jet left Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) on September 17, 2023, arriving at Doha International (DIA) the following day. There, the freed American prisoners boarded the Gulfstream V to fly to the US.
On the journey to DOH and back to the US, the aircraft stopped to refuel at London Stansted Airport (STN), ADS-B Exchange flight records showed.
According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the Gulfstream V belongs to a Florida, US-registered company called Tannjets Aerospace I.
Prior to getting on the private jet, a Qatar Airways Airbus A320, registered as A7-AHT, brought the five US citizens to DIA from Tehran Mehrabad International Airport (THR), Iran on September 18, 2023.
Since Qatar built Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH), DIA has remained closed. During the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November and December 2022, DIA was briefly open for business in order to welcome arriving tourists for the sporting event.
When the US and Russia exchanged prisoners in December 2022, with Brittney Griner, a Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) player returned to the US on the same Gulfstream V, registered as N588AT. She landed at the Lackland Air Force Base (SKF) following her release from a prison in Russia.