Fake bomb threat made on Iran-China plane

Iranian airliner, Mahan Air’s Tehran to Guangzhou flight arrived safely and on time at its Chinese destination, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency said on Monday, after a report of a bomb scare on board, Reuters reports.

India’s Air Force (IAF) said it had scrambled fighter jets after receiving information of a bomb scare on an airline bearing Iranian registration passing through Indian airspace.

The Air Force said it later received information from Iran’s capital, Tehran, to disregard the bomb scare and the flight continued its journey.

“Our Airbus 340 passenger plane was travelling 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 Centre 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 on board the plane during current international and domestic conditions were aimed at disrupting security and peace of mind,” the statement added.

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