Tuesday , 7 December 2021

Conflicting reports on reason for sirens in Tehran as Turkish flight diverted to Baku

Al-Arabia – Air raid sirens were sounded in and around parts of Iran’s capital Tehran, according to reports and videos shared on social media.

The siren was heard for several minutes in western Tehran, according to videos shared by Iranian users.

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#BREAKING: The Air raid sirens across #Tehran/#Iran are active now.Unclear if anything is happening or those are just training drills.#BreakingNews #alert #إيران pic.twitter.com/LXYT45pKKN— The Only Truth (@TheOnlyTruthInc) January 29, 2021

Around the same time, a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Tehran circled above the Iranian capital before being diverted away. A Flight Radar 24 path of the airplane showed it changed its flight path to Baku during the same time as reports of the sirens were heard.

The two events are “unrelated,” Iran’s state TV reported, citing unnamed sources.

The Public Relations office of Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport said the Turkish Airlines plane had diverted due to “weather conditions.”

Turkish Airlines flight #TK874 from Istanbul to Tehran is diverting to Baku. Reason is currently unknown. https://t.co/VZRbDgufAb pic.twitter.com/73aRAUqL7e— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 29, 2021

“The pilot of the Turkish Airlines plane changed its route to Baku due to weather conditions and will return to Tehran as the weather conditions stabilize,” the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted the airport department as saying.

The siren heard in western Tehran was due to a “disruption in the sound system of an organization,” the semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Hamidreza Goudarzi, Tehran Governor’s Deputy for Security, as saying. Goudarzi did not say which organization.

“There are no security problems and people should not worry,” Goudarzi added.

The director general of Tehran’s crisis management organization told state TV the siren heard in the capital was the security alarm of “a complex” which was “activated due to a leak caused by heavy rainfall.”