A Mahan Air flight from Tehran, Iran heading to Guangzhou, China became one of the most-tracked flights worldwide on FlightRadar24, and with good reason on October 3. A bomb threat on the flight got Indian authorities on alert as the flight entered Indian airspace.
A Mahan Air flight, Tehran -> Guangzhou, received a bomb threat when flying over India. According to @ANI "Delhi ATC suggested the aircraft to go to Jaipur but the aircraft pilot refused & left Indian airspace"— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) October 3, 2022
Currently about 2h away from Guangzhou https://t.co/mk6FioNbBe pic.twitter.com/D3nUinv1Mu
What happened? Mahan Air flight W581/IRM081 flying from Tehran (Iran) to Guangzhou (China) received a bomb threat. The flight has since landed in Guangzhou. This is how the events transpired:
Mahan Air: It is one of Iran's largest private airliners. The US has long held that Mahan Air has a "record of ferrying weapons and terrorists around the world for Iran" and sanctioned the airline for the same. In 2020, the US also sanctioned two companies and an individual for procuring parts for Mahan Air.
Mahan Air was recently in the news for 're-activating' the world's last Boeing 747-300 still in passenger service, after 5 years of maintenance.