Coronavirus by air: The spread of Covid-19 in the Middle East


An investigation by BBC News Arabic has analysed flight tracking recordsdata and open source photos which presentations how Iran’s greatest airline – Mahan Air – continued to soar while government flight bans had been in attach apart, and contributed to the spread of Covid-19 within the Center East.

Mahan Air ran a full bunch of flights to and from Iran, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and Syria between gradual January and the tip of March. All these countries gave Mahan Air permission to land. And in convey that they did so while their very have bans on routine flights from Iran had been in attach apart.

Sources inside the airline told the BBC that dozens of Mahan Air’s cabin crew had been exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 and that when personnel tried to elevate concerns in regards to the airline’s administration of the disaster and provision of security equipment, they had been silenced.

Mahan Air is sanctioned by the US for its hyperlinks to the extremely effective Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Video produced by: Nader Ibrahim, Owen Pinnell and Manisha Ganguly

Graphics by Jasmine Bonshor

Edited by Bettina Waked

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