Two RAF Typhoon fighter jets escort a Ryanair flight into Stansted Airport amid a ‘security’ alert

Here’s what happened

Two RAF fighter jets escorted a Ryanair flight due for Luton Airport to Stansted at 9am Wednesday morning, after Lithuanian authorities had received a call that a bomb was on board.

Stansted Airport was placed on lockdown and all flights were grounded, a spokesman for the airport said the plane was flying from Lithuania to Luton airport when the hoax security alert happened.

Zulu Wooloo

Source: Zulu Wooloo

He said: “Flights were briefly held while RAF Typhoons escorted the plane in.

“All flights are now operating as normal. It was literally a momentary pause.”

Zulu Wooloo

Source: Zulu Wooloo

An RAF spokesman said: “The RAF can confirm Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft were launched this morning from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft.

“The aircraft was safely escorted to Stansted Airport. The Typhoon aircraft were authorised to transit at supersonic speed for operational reasons, any inconvenience caused to local residents is regretted.”

A Ryanair spokesman said: “This flight from Kaunas to London Luton diverted to London Stansted in line with procedures after Lithuanian authorities received a suspected hoax security alert.

“The aircraft landed normally at Stansted and customers will be transferred to Luton by coach when cleared to do so.”

 

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