Thursday, June 27, 2019

Typhoons scrambled to Stansted to intercept Air India plane after 'bomb threat'

RAF Typhoons were scrambled today to intercept an Air India flight after a reported bomb threat was made.

The plane was travelling from Mumbai to Newark in the US when it was forced to make what is being described as a "precautionary landing" at Stansted Airport.

Air India said in a tweet that a bomb threat had prompted the landing, according to the BBC. But the tweet was later deleted and replaced with a post calling the incident a "security threat".

Essex Police said: "An aircraft was diverted to Stansted Airport at around 9.50am today following reports of a security alert. The plane is currently at the airport and officers are making enquiries."

The runway has now been reopened and the airport said in a statement: "Our runway is fully operational following a precautionary landing of Air India flight.

"We are sorry for any disruption caused by the incident and would like to thank you for your patience."

An Air India official later confirmed the incident was a hoax and that the plane was once again airborne.

A loud bang reported by several residents of Derby on social media has been linked to the unscheduled landing of the Air India Boeing 777 flight at Stansted.

The noise was believed to be a sonic boom caused by the two RAF jets escorting the plane into the airport.

Residents first reported hearing the noise just after 10am today.
27/06/19 Gareth Davies/The Telegraph
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