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Bomb threat on China-bound Iranian plane over Indian airspace, IAF fighter jets scrambled

‘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, said sources

Raju Kumar Edited By: Raju Kumar New Delhi Updated on: October 03, 2022 14:57 IST
Security agencies monitoring the plane, added sources.
Image Source : PTI/FILE Security agencies monitoring the plane, added sources.

Indian Air Force jets were scrambled on Monday after reports came about a ‘bomb threat’ onboard China-bound Iranian passenger jet over Indian airspace, said sources. The plane is now moving towards China. Security agencies monitoring the plane, added sources.

The report about the possibility of a bomb on board came from security agencies in Delhi which triggered an alert. Subsequently, the permission was not granted to the plane to land in Delhi. 

Indian Air Traffic Control shared information about the bomb threat when the China-bound plane entered Indian airspace. IAF Su-30MKI fighter jets from Punjab and Jodhpur airbases were scrambled to intercept the flight, sources told news agency ANI. 

On way from Tehran, Iran to Guangzhou in China, Mahan Air contacted Delhi airport ATC after the airline received a bomb threat for an immediate landing at Delhi. Delhi ATC suggested the aircraft to go to Jaipur but the aircraft pilot refused and left Indian airspace, said ATC sources. The pilot sought permission to land at Delhi Airport, said sources.

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