Turkish plane from Iran diverted to Ankara over coronavirus fear

Turkish plane from Iran diverted to Ankara over coronavirus fear
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  • calendar-gray 25 February 2020

Turkish Airlines plane flying from Iran was diverted to Ankara on Tuesday at the Turkish Health Ministry's request, an aviation source said. An aviation news website said one passenger was suspected of being infected by the coronavirus, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.

Turkey's Demirören news agency broadcast video showing ambulances lined up beside the plane, with several personnel wearing white protective suits on the tarmac.

The 132 passengers and crew were brought to a hospital and will be held under quarantine for 14 days. These are the first Turkish citizens arriving from Iran, where the coronavirus broke out recently.

The plane was flying from Tehran and had been scheduled to land in Istanbul. Turkey shut its borders to Iran on Sunday and cut flights due to the spread of the virus in that country.

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