Bomb scare on Tehran- Guangzhou flight, IAF scrambles fights

The Mahan Air flight was given two options to land in India as it was its route from Tehran, Iran, to Guangzhou in China, according to the Indian Air Force, the airline declined both options and continued on its course.

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This morning, a bomb threat on an Iranian passenger flight that was travelling through Indian airspace put officials on high alert and caused the Indian Air Force to scramble its fighters.

The Mahan Air flight was given two options to land in India as it was its route from Tehran, Iran, to Guangzhou in China, according to the Indian Air Force, the airline declined both options and continued on its course.

They claimed in a statement that the fighter jets followed the aircraft at a safe distance. As of the right moment, the plane has entered Chinese airspace, according to flight tracking service Flightradar.

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“The aircraft was offered the option to land at Jaipur and then, at Chandigarh. However, the pilot declared his unwillingness to divert to either of the two airports,” said the Indian Air Force.

According to authorities, a call about the bomb threat on the flight was received at 9:20 am. Following that, a warning was issued for the Delhi airport.

As per their statement, after being instructed by Tehran to dismiss the bomb alarm, the aeroplane carried on to its destination in China.

“All actions were taken by IAF as per the laid down procedure, jointly with the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). The aircraft was under close radar surveillance by the Air Force throughout the Indian airspace,” it said.

The Lahore Air Traffic Control had given the input over the alleged bomb threat to the Delhi ATC, reported news agency PTI.