Athens airport officials told IRNA that the Iran Air plane had delivered passengers at the airport at 13:55 local time, and had accordingly taken off for Madrid.
However, they said, the plane had to land again 10 minutes later after developing a failure in one of its engines.
Furthermore, Chief of Iran Air office in Madrid Ali-Akbar Amiri said although the failure had been removed in Athens, the plane had to make a second emergency landing in Rome after the pilot noticed an engine malfunction.
Amiri said this happened two hours after the plane -- which had 102 passengers and 17 crew aboard -- took off from Athens Airport.
He added that all the passengers and the crew of the plane are nharmed, and have been transferred to a hotel in Rome until the failure is removed.
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