The Indian Air Force (IAF) announced on Monday that it has sent fighter jets into action after learning of a bomb fear on an Iranian-registered airline that was passing through Indian airspace.
The air force claimed that it later received information from Tehran, the capital of Iran, telling it to dismiss the bomb alarm and let the aircraft proceed.
The airplane was given the option to land at two airports in north-western India as the planes followed it at a safe distance.
“However, the pilot declared his unwillingness to divert to either of the two airports,” the IAF said in a statement.
FlightRadar24 data revealed that Mahan Air Flight W581, which departed from Tehran and was headed for Guangzhou, China, made a few loops above northern India to the west of New Delhi before going on to traverse India and enter Myanmar.
The flight number for which fighter jets were scrambled was not confirmed by a spokeswoman for the Indian Air Force.