4 Oct 2017

Security Alert Prompts RAF Jets to Escort Ryanair Flight to Stansted

Ryanair Plane Disembarking After Jet Escort

A Ryanair flight from Kaunas, Lithuania, was bound for Luton Airport when a security alert was prompted, in what is thought to be a hoax. Two RAF jets were scrambled from the RAF’s Quick Reaction Alert station in Coningsby, Lincolnshire, and flew to intercept the jet.

An RAF spokesperson said: “The RAF can confirm Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft were launched this morning from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft. The aircraft landed normally at Stansted and customers will be transferred to Luton by coach when cleared to do so.”

Stansted Airport was closed briefly during the incident, but flights soon after returned to normal.

Essex Police said the plane landed safely at 8.55am and passengers were being taken off.

“The runway was closed for a short time but has now reopened,” a spokesperson added. “Police are on the scene and enquiries are ongoing.”

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