RAF scrambled to intercept Jet2 flight over Essex after 'bomb threat' on board


    A Jet2 plane on a flight from Dalaman in Turkey to Manchester was diverted to Stansted Airport escorted by two RAF Typhoons, after reported “bomb threats”. Police arrived at the scene and met the plane as it landed in a remote area within the airport.

    A spokesperson for Stansted Airport told Express.co.uk the plane landed safely and the incident is now being dealt with by Essex Police.

    Because of the incident, the runway had to close at 9pm for half an hour. It opened again around 9.30pm and is now fully operational.

    The spokesperson noted: “Only one flight was affected by the closure during that time”.

    A statement from the airport read: “A Jet2.com flight from Dalaman to Manchester diverted to Stansted Airport this evening.

    “The plane landed safely and is parked on a remote stand away from the main passenger terminal. The runway was closed for a short time but has now re-opened.”

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    The Jet2 flight left Turkey at 6.55pm local time, before flying over Europe and crossing the English channel at 7.45pm.

    Two RAF Typhoons raced south from Lincolnshire just before 8pm and, according to flight tracking data, appeared to escort the jet through Essex before the plane landed at Stansted.

    It landed at Stansted Airport at 8.22pm.

    According to Aviation Source, sources from Jet2 confirmed the reason of the diversion was “a bomb threat made to the aircraft”, however the airline has not confirmed this publicly.

    A spokesperson for Jet2 told The Mirror: “We can confirm that flight LS922 from Dalaman to Manchester diverted to London Stansted this evening under the direction of UK Air Traffic Control.

    “The aircraft has landed safely and has taxied to a remote stand.

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    “We are currently liaising with London Stansted Airport as well the relevant authorities.”

    A passenger on the grounded plane tweeted: “Being sat on a plane grounded at Stansted due to a bomb threat is not the way I planned to finish my holiday?”

    An RAF spokesman told The Mirror: “The RAF can confirm Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft were launched this evening from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft that was causing concern.

    “The aircraft was safely escorted to Stansted Airport.”

    Express.co.uk has contacted Essex Police for a statement.


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