Turkish Airlines flight flying from Iran diverted over coronavirus suspicions

Nurses walk inside a quarantine room for coronavirus patients at finished but still unused building A2 of the Shanghai Public Clinical Center, in Shanghai, China February 17, 2020. (Reuters)

A Turkish Airlines plane flying from Iran was diverted to Ankara on Tuesday at the Turkish Health Ministry’s request, an aviation source said, and an aviation news website said one passenger was suspected of being infected by coronavirus.

The Turkish Health Minister said all 132 passengers and crew onboard will be quarantined for 14 days, according to Reuters.

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

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.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54