Published: Sep 25, 2011 2:53 PM EDT

MUSCAT, Oman (AP) - Today is homecoming day for two Americans freed from an Iranian prison who are believed to be on a flight heading to the United States.
 
Before boarding the plane in the capital of Oman  yesterday, the men made brief statements and thanked Oman's ruler for helping secure their release.
 
A spokeswoman says Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer are scheduled to arrive home today. The two were released from Tehran's Evin prison under a $1 million bail deal and arrived in Oman on Wednesday in the first leg of their journey home. There they were reunited with joyful relatives.
 
Iran's Foreign Ministry called their release a gesture of Islamic mercy.
 
The Americans deny the Iranian spy accusations and say they were just hiking in northern Iraq's scenic Kurdish region when they might have strayed across the unmarked border with Iran in July 2009.