Mahan Air bomb threat: Reasons why IAF scrambled its Sukhoi fighter jet to intercept Iranian plane?

mahan air bomb threat: reasons why iaf scrambled its sukhoi fighter jet to intercept iranian plane?

Mahan Air bomb threat: Reasons why IAF scrambled its Sukhoi fighter jet to intercept Iranian plane?

On October 3, 2022, the Indian Airspace witnessed one of its kind event that raised war like situation among ATC and IAF of the country. An Iranian passenger airliner belonging to Mahan Air travelling from Tehran to China’s Guangzhou airport entered the Indian airspace and requested for an emergency landing at the Delhi International Airport over a potential bomb threat. Although the ATC alerted Delhi Airport for a possible emergency landing, the pilots were not allowed to land in Delhi to its sensitive nature and were asked land at the Jaipur or Chandigarh airports. Surprisingly, the pilots refused and continued their journey to China.

The IAF, on the other hand, following the SOPs, scrambled fighter jets from Punjab and Rajasthan to intercept the commercial plane and ensure its smooth exit from the Indian airspace. The Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets intercepted the plane while maintaining a safe distance and escorted the Airbus A340 till the time it left the Indian borders on the Eastern side, only to land in China safely. Although it was announced that it was a bomb hoax, the question arises, why did ATC ask the IAF to scramble its jet in this situation? Here’s why.

Bomb/ Hijacking threats

The civil aviation around the globe is considered one of the safest mode of transport due to elaborate security and safety measures taken by countries. However, there are countries which are feared to not have such safety measures in place and with thousands of flights taking off daily, one has to be ready with potential threats, that can include a bomb threat or a suspicious object on board and in the worst case scenario, a hijacking attempt.

In such a case, the pilots of the flight informs the nearest ATC that scrambles the fighter jets and force the plane to divert to the nearest safe airport. This is what happened in the case of Mahan Air flight from Iran to China, where they were given options to land in India at two airports outside of Delhi.

Threat of impact

The 9/11 twin tower attack was possibly the worst hijacking attempt that led to a disastrous and unexpected impact with the WTC in New York. Ever since, fighter jets are given the power to shoot down a commercial plane, either carrying passengers or cargo and not following the commands by the ATC or fighter jet pilots. Although, the process of shooting a plane is not as easy as it may sound.

While in most cases ATC and fighter jets attempt hard to establish communication with the errant aircraft and restore the flight path, but if there’s a safety incident where the plane fails to respond back or take a course correction, the fighters are in charge of acting as per discretion to maximize the safety of those on the ground. This, however, requires a lot of approvals and is only the last measure before taking any such action.

Loss of communication

One of the most common reasons for ‘scrambling’ fighter jets is the lack of communication. A commercial plane has its course set before leaving for the journey and any small change or deviation from the course alerts the ground controllers. They then contact the plane to understand the reason for the abrupt change in either the course or altitude of the plane. However, in rare situations if the ground controllers can’t communicate with an aircraft despite repeated attempts, they will request the military intervention.

The domestic air force of the country over which the plane is flying, like the IAF in case of Mahan Air when they were passing over India, will quickly scramble the jets who will make visual contact with the pilots to understand the issue. There’s a laid SOP across the globe on how to contact the plane and communicate in case of comms loss. A pilot might shake the wings and ask the pilot of the commercial airline to repeat it, to understand if the situation is normal and only communication has been lost.

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Chinese vaccines proven ineffective becoming problem for world: The Singapore Post

During the initial outbreak of Covid-19, China discouraged the use of international vaccines Moderna and Pfizer instead promoted its domestic product Sincovac. Repeated explosive outbreaks of Covid in China along ... Read more »

India may soon experience heat waves that break human survivability limit: World Bank report

India may soon experience heat waves that break human survivability limit: World Bank report Thiruvananthapuram: Severe heat waves, responsible for thousands of deaths across India over the last few decades, are increasing ... Read more »

Uttar Pradesh: Dad, Grandfather, 3 Uncles Kill 9-Year-Old To Frame Old Adversary

Uttar Pradesh: Dad, Grandfather, 3 Uncles Kill 9-Year-Old To Frame Old Adversary On Monday, a shocking revelation was made by the Uttar Pradesh police in the brutal murder of a ... Read more »

Dhanush, Alia Bhatt, Yash and RRR cast among IMDb’s ‘Most Popular Indian Stars of 2022’

Dhanush, Alia Bhatt, Yash and RRR cast among IMDb’s ‘Most Popular Indian Stars of 2022’ IMDb announced on Wednesday the list of their Most Popular Indian Stars of 2022. The ... Read more »

Gyanvapi row: Map indicating existence of Hindu deities shown to Allahabad HC

Gyanvapi row: Map indicating existence of Hindu deities shown to Allahabad HC Gyanvapi row: The counsel representing the Hindu side showed a map to the Allahabad High Court which purportedly ... Read more »

Tax, school fees payment using Bharat Bill Payment System soon; RBI to introduce single-block-and-multiple debits functions in UPI

tax, school fees payment using bharat bill payment system soon; rbi to introduce single-block-and-multiple debits functions in upi New Delhi: Apart from announcing a 35-basis point increase in the key ... Read more »

China medical expert says COVID has mutated, should be renamed: Report

People wearing masks line up outside a pharmacy to buy products as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreaks continue in Beijing, China December 6, 2022. (Photo source: Reuters) China should change its ... Read more »

Mumbai: Fully vestibule AC local to be in service soon

Mumbai: Western Railway (WR) authorities are all set to launch a fully vestibule, air-conditioned underslung motor local train, with most hurdles for its introduction being cleared. The Railway Board issued ... Read more »

Andhra Pradesh: Man slits MBBS student's neck for refusing to marry him in Guntur

Representative Image Guntur: A third-year MBBS student of a private medical college in Vijaywada was allegedly stabbed to death in Takkellapadu village of Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district, by a man ... Read more »

Mumbai: Cops get training on cybersecurity

Over 82 percent of business executives in India foresee an increase in cybersecurity budgets in 2023 Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Wednesday organised a cyber security training session for the ... Read more »

Stock market today: Dow flat in directionless trade as bonds sound recession alarm

Stock market today: Dow flat in directionless trade as bonds sound recession alarm By Yasin Ebrahim Investing.com — The Dow closed flat Wednesday, after swinging between gains and losses as ... Read more »

K’taka buses defaced in Pune as border dispute intensifies

The border row between Karnataka and Maharashtra escalated on Wednesday after the ATMs of Karnataka banks and buses of the state transport department were attacked by activists of the Uddhav Thackeray-led ... Read more »

Army-DRDO tussle ends, gopvernment to start desi light tank acquisition

Army-DRDO tussle ends, gopvernment to start desi light tank acquisition NEW DELHI: India is set to kick-start a mega indigenous acquisition project for 354 light tanks, the critical operational necessity ... Read more »

Peru gets new President after Pedro Castillo ousted amid accusations of coup attempt

Peru gets new President after Pedro Castillo ousted amid accusations of coup attempt Peru’s Congress swore in a new president on Wednesday in a day of sweeping political drama that ... Read more »

List of 10 most searched movies in India in 2022

2022 was an exciting year for film lovers and before the year ends, Google is out with its Most Searched Movies 2022 list. Here’s the list: Ranbir Kapoor and Alia ... Read more »

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos says they’re not chasing big live sports rights: ‘We’re not anti-sports, we’re just pro-profit.’

Ted Sarandos in January 2019 at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. For much of the last decade, there’s been a lot of talk that Netflix would get into ... Read more »

Hindu, Muslim sons fight over woman’s last rites; police step in with ‘official’ solution

Hindu, Muslim sons fight over woman’s last rites; police step in with ‘official’ solution PATNA: Bollywood’s fabled Amar Akbar Anthony may have set a reel-life example in religious brotherhood, but ... Read more »

Gujarat Election Results: Full list of winners (constituency-wise) in 2017 and how it can change in 2022

Check Full List of Winners in Gujarat Assembly Elections Results 2017 and how it can change in 2022. Image source: ECI/Twitter Gujarat Assembly elections in 2022 were held in two ... Read more »

Exclusive | Judges interfering in administrative domain or making laws of their choice violation of separation of powers: Law panel chief

judges interfering in administrative domain or making laws of their choice violation of separation of powers: law panel chief New Delhi: Observing that judicial activism challenges the concept of separation ... Read more »

Andhra, Tamil Nadu gear up for cylone Mandaus

The Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh governments on Wednesday directed authorities to be on alert as Cyclone Mandous approached, officials familiar with the matter said. The India Metreological Department (IMD) ... Read more »

A small-business owner eager to retain top talent discovered novel benefits solutions that fit her needs: 'You don't have to be a huge big business.'

Despite fears of a possible recession next year, job openings rose to 10.7 million in September, and there were about 1.9 job openings per unemployed person that month, according to ... Read more »

You'll save hundreds if you book air travel in January instead of December. I found 12 deals for flexible travelers to Hawaii, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Experts told Insider you can easily save 40% to 75% on travel by pushing December flights to 2023. Travel in January, February, or March for major savings on both domestic ... Read more »

Mumbai: Looking for escort service, man finds blackmailer

Mumbai: A 33-year-old Dombivali resident’s libido turned out to be a harrowing experience for him. Browsing for escort service, he came into a woman’s contact who later started threatening him ... Read more »

Mumbai: COPD a bigger concern than Covid

Considering the surge in numbers, doctors have urged citizens to visit the nearest hospital or clinic on experiencing related symptoms. They said the number of cases of influenza and other ... Read more »

On The Right Path: India's First Foray into Technology Standardisation Is A Welcome Move

On The Right Path: India’s First Foray into Technology Standardisation Is A Welcome Move The concept of standardisation in technology, especially strategic or critical technologies, involves regulating the technical field. ... Read more »

Varde-Arena, NARCL top contenders for Srei firms

However, Authum Investment and Infrastructure’s financial bid stands as low as Rs4,500 crore, according to sources. A consortium of Varde Partners and Arena Investors, and National Asset Reconstruction Company (NARCL) ... Read more »

Indore: Maid, boyfriend steal goods worth lakhs from businessman's house, arrested

Indore (Madhya Pradesh): Vijay Nagar police on Wednesday arrested a maid and her boyfriend in connection with the theft from a businessman’s house in the area. The woman with the ... Read more »

Chiranjeevi’s Waltair Veerayya, Nandamuri Balakrishna’s Veera Simha Reddy get release dates

Chiranjeevi’s Waltair Veerayya, Nandamuri Balakrishna’s Veera Simha Reddy get release dates Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi on Wednesday announced the release date of his upcoming movie Waltair Veerayya. The film will hit ... Read more »

Forget emojis, WhatsApp has rolled out custom Avatars; here's how you can make one

Forget emojis, WhatsApp has rolled out custom Avatars; here’s how you can make one WhatsApp has introduced avatars, a new personalized way for users to express themselves. Avatars are digital ... Read more »

Supreme Court modifies HC order restraining debt recovery tribunal officer in Chandigarh, allows him to proceed with hearings

Supreme Court modifies HC order restraining debt recovery tribunal officer in Chandigarh, allows him to proceed with hearings Terming an interim order passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court ... Read more »

Hours after TMC leader Saket Gokhale’s arrest, Paresh Rawal gets summons for ‘Bengali’ jibe

Hours after TMC leader Saket Gokhale’s arrest, Paresh Rawal gets summons for ‘Bengali’ jibe Kolkata: An FIR was filed against actor-turned-politician Paresh Rawal for “provoking riots” following a complaint from ... Read more »

Injured PSG stars Danilo & Nuno Mendes set to leave Portugal World Cup squad

Danilo Nuno Mendes Portugal GFX Danilo fractured three ribs Nuno Mendes injured thigh Both will leave Qatar on Thursday WHAT’S HAPPENING? They had hoped to remain in Portugal’s camp for ... Read more »

Why Did So Many US Men Quit Working? Social Status May Hold the Key, Study Says

(Bloomberg) — A decline in social status relative to better-paid peers is a key reason why so many American men have dropped out of the labor force, according to the ... Read more »

Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan to organise Critical Zones exhibition in Pune

Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, Pune in collaboration with the Zapurza Museum of Arts & Culture is set to organise the ‘Critical Zones’ exhibition in the city on December 10 and ... Read more »

Railway projects worth Rs 7.33 trillion being executed

Of 49,323 km, 11,518 km length has been commissioned and an expenditure of about Rs 2.35 trillion has been incurred up to March 2022, railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw informed Lok ... Read more »

'Now I wait' - Netherlands & PSV star Gakpo admits he would consider Man Utd offer should it arrive after World Cup

Gakpo Winger linked to Man Utd in summer Has been starring for PSV and Netherlands Says he would consider an offer WHAT HAPPENED? United were among the teams said to ... Read more »

Bypoll Results 2022: BJP eyes demolishing SP citadels in UP; counting of votes tomorrow

Bypoll Results 2022: BJP eyes demolishing SP citadels in UP; counting of votes tomorrow Bypoll Results 2022: The counting of votes for by-elections in six Assembly constituencies in five states and the ... Read more »

Senior Pak journalist Arshad Sharif's murder was a 'planned assassination' and not 'mistaken identity': Report

Senior Pak journalist Arshad Sharif's murder was a 'planned assassination' and not 'mistaken identity': Report The fact-finding team investigating the murder of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif in its report has ... Read more »

Kind stranger helps calm kid who was separated from his parents in the metro in France. Watch

Kind stranger helps calm kid who was separated from his parents in the metro in France. Watch It is heart-warming to see strangers stepping in to help others when the ... Read more »

UP Woman Declared 'Dead' Years Ago Found Alive and Married While Man in Jail For 'Murder'

UP Woman Declared ‘Dead’ Years Ago Found Alive and Married While Man in Jail For ‘Murder’ A woman declared dead 7 years ago in Uttar Pradesh has been found alive ... Read more »
Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network