Following a report of a bomb threat on board, Iranian airline Mahan Air’s aircraft from Tehran to Guangzhou arrived safely and on time at its Chinese destination, according to Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency on Monday.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) reported that it had sent fighter jets into action after learning of a bomb fear on an airplane with Iranian registration that was flying above 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.
“Our Airbus 340 passenger plane was traveling from Tehran to Guangzhou in China, and as soon as the pilot learned about the possibility of an in-flight bomb, he informed relevant authorities. The Mahan operation control center discerned that the threat was fabricated, and the flight continued its journey in full safety,” Mahan Air said in a statement.
“It seems that reports of a bomb onboard the plane during current international and domestic conditions were aimed at disrupting security and peace of mind,” the statement added.
Iran has had widespread anti-government protests over the past three weeks in response to the murder in police custody of a young woman who was detained for defying the Islamic Republic’s strict clothing code.
Two airports in north-western India were made available to the Iranian plane, which was being tracked by Indian fighters at a safe distance.
“However, the pilot declared his unwillingness to divert to either of the two airports,” the IAF said in a statement.
According to FlightRadar24 data, Mahan Air flight W581 from Tehran to Guangzhou made a few circle passes over northern India to the west of New Delhi before continuing on to Myanmar.
The number of the flight for which fighter planes were dispatched was not confirmed by an IAF official.