5 March: Isfahan, Iran

A plot to hijack an Iran Air aircraft was apparently foiled before it could be carried out in Iran on March 5. “A conspiracy to hijack a Fokker 100 aircraft belonging to Iran Air was neutralized thanks to the vigilance of the IRGC flight security unit,” the IRGC public relations office said in a statement published on its official website. The hijacker was planning to make the flight deviate toward an unspecified country on the southern shore of the Gulf, the statement said. The aircraft instead diverted to Isfahan airport after declaring an emergency and the accused hijacker was arrested.