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RAF fighter jets scrambled at ‘supersonic speed’ over Air India flight

by LLB Reporter
27th Jun 19 11:54 am

On Thursday an Air India flight was diverted to Stanstead Airport, two RAF Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled to escort the Boeing 777 to the airport at 10:15am.

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.”

London Stansted Airport said, “An Air India Boeing 777 diverted into London Stanstead Airport at approximately 10:15hrs and landed safely with Essex Police in attendance.

“It is parked on an isolated stand away from the normal airport operations. We are very sorry for any delays and disruption caused by the incident, but our first priority is always the safety of passengers and staff.”

Essex Police are making enquiries and the runway has reopened.

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