"Passengers have been asked to evacuate the plane, the drill is taking place right now," Hemendra Singh, Spokesman for the Central Industrial Security Forces, told reporters. Turkish Airlines was targeted with a series of hoax bomb warnings in April and again over the weekend. This threat was found about three hours into the flight, a spokeswoman for the airline said.

Security forces cited they were scouring the plane for signs of explosives. The flight will resume its journey to Istanbul if is given the all clear, the airline spokeswoman said.

The airliner was over the central Indian city of Nagpur when the pilot sent a message requesting an emergency landing and he was given permission to change course to Delhi, said Rajan Bhagat, Spokesman for Delhi Police. The plane is being inspected in an isolated area of the airport, he added.

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