The plane was forced to land because of technical problems, Mahmoud Rasoulinejad said, quoted by the Mehr news agency.
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"After landing, the crew traveled on to countries around the Persian Gulf and the plane is currently being repaired," he said.
Rasoulinejad did not specify who owned the aircraft, where it was headed or the nationality of the crew members. It would soon be ready to return to the skies, he said.
Ahvaz lies near Iran's border with Iraq in the southwest of Iran, an important area for the country's oil industry.
In December 2011 Iranian forces announced they had captured a US RQ-170 reconnaissance drone in eastern Iran which had been reported lost by US forces in neighboring Afghanistan.
Reuters contributed to this report
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