Ryanair flight escorted
The aircraft was safely escorted to Stansted airport a spokesman for the Royal Air Force said.
A Ryanair spokesman said: This flight from Kaunas to London Luton diverted to London Stansted in line with procedures after Lithuanian authorities received a suspected hoax security alert.
The Typhoon aircraft were authorised to transit at supersonic speed for operational reasons; any inconvenience caused to local residents is regretted."The RAF can confirm Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft were launched this morning from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft.Social media-users posted pictures of armed police at the scene and the RAF Typhoon jets following the aircraft through the air.(Reporting by Alistair Smout and Conor Humphries in Dublin; editing by Michael Holden).He said: First (the) pilot told us of diversion.Read more: terrorism raids in Australia believed to relate to 'bomb plot passenger charged over note found at Australian plane toilet.Emergency services including multiple fire engines, ambulances and police cars were seen heading to meet the plane when it landed.All flights are now operating as normal.They later added that sniffer dogs were going around peoples luggage after they landed and pictures show people being escorted by armed police.A man who was on the flight said it was delayed by half an hour in Lithuania.Andy Longhurst took pictures of the plane saying: Not a sight you see everyday.Stansted Airport is the default airport for planes involved in security threats (Picture: Andy Longhurst).It was literally a momentary pause.The aircraft landed normally at Stansted and customers will be transferred to Luton by coach when cleared to.Planes were said to be sitting on the tarmac at the airport awaiting escorts gironde clearance to take off.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.However, the airport is said to be operating normally.Emergency services on standby at Stansted in Essex after a Ryanair plane from Lithuania to Luton was escorted to the airport by RAF jets (Victoria Jones/PA).DAAs AppChoices app here.
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