A bomb threat was received about Iran's Mahan Air airplane from Tehran to China's Guangzhou after which Delhi ATC refused to grant permission for the plane's landing and instead asked the pilot to land at Jaipur and later Chandigarh. IAF in its statement has said that its fighter aircrafts were thereafter scrambled, which followed the aircraft at a safe distance.
The Indian Air Force(IAF) on Monday scrambled its Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter jets to intercept an Iranian plane that received a bomb threat and was moving toward New Delhi's airspace.
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‘Bomb threat’ onboard Iranian passenger jet over Indian airspace, with final destination in China, triggers alert, IAF jets scrambled. The passenger jet is now moving towards China. Security agencies monitoring the plane: Sources pic.twitter.com/5Up2fHURxW— ANI (@ANI) October 3, 2022
ANI reported that the Delhi police received a bomb threat about a Mahan Air flight from Tehran to China's Guangzhou at around 9:20 am. Reacting to the information, the Delhi ATC refused to grant permission for the plane's landing and instead asked the pilot to land at Jaipur. However, the pilot refused to divert the plane.
"At around 9.25 am we were informed of a bomb scare after which we put our teams in a stand-by position but the flight did not land. We were given an all-clear message at 10.05am by security," Sanjay Tomar, Deputy Chief Fire officer said.
"On Oct 3, intimation was received of a bomb scare on an aircraft bearing Iranian registration, when it was transiting through Indian airspace. IAF fighter aircraft were scrambled, which followed the aircraft at a safe distance. Aircraft was offered option to land at Jaipur & then, at Chandigarh. But pilot declared his unwillingness to divert to either of them. After a while intimation was received from Tehran to disregard bomb scare. Aircraft continued on its journey towards final destination," IAF said.
"All actions were taken by IAF as per laid down procedure, jointly with the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) & Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). The aircraft was under close radar surveillance by the Air Force throughout the Indian airspace." it added.
The IAF also added that the aircraft was allowed to continue on its flight after the Iranian agencies requested to disregard the threat. IAF informed that the aircraft is out of the Indian airspace now.