RAF fighter jets scrambled to intercept Jet2 flight that was ‘causing concern’ | UK News
RAF warplanes scrambled to intercept a commercial aircraft that was “causing concern” amid reports of security warnings.
The Typhoon was launched to take on a Jet2 flight from Dalaman in Turkey bound for Manchester.
The plane was safely escorted to Stansted Airport and picked up by police upon landing, the Department of Defense said.
An RAF spokesman said: “The RAF can confirm that an RAF Typhoon was launched this evening from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft that is causing concern.”
Essex Police received a report of a potential threat on board.
A force spokesman said: “It was escorted to Stansted Airport, where it landed safely and is parked away from the main passenger terminal.”
“Officers were then able to determine that there was no threat on board,” they added.
In a statement, Jet2 said: “The aircraft landed safely and landed at a remote location, and the customer has now disembarked.
“Our teams are working very hard to take care of our customers and we would like to apologize to everyone on board for any inconvenience or discomfort caused by this unforeseen incident. out.
“We understand that authorities were alerted to a potential security threat, however this has been downgraded and the incident has been declared closed.”