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London airspace disruption as Typhoon fighter jets seen accompanying Ryanair plane into airport after suspected hoax bomb threat - live updates

The RAF has confirmed quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft launched on Wednesday (October 4) to intercept a civilian flight

Flights over London have been disrupted on Wednesday morning (October 4), the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has said.

A flight inbound from Kaunas, Lithuania, for Luton was diverted to Stansted Airport as fighter jets escorted the plane into landing following a security alert.

The RAF has confirmed that quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft launched from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft.

A sonic boom was heard over Suffolk, police confirmed.

Essex Police said it is aware of the incident.

Ryanair plane being escorted by Typhoon fighter jets on Wednesday morning (October 4)(Image: @AndyLonghurstUK)

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You can read all about this morning’s mid-air security scare here.

Jonathan Zulberg was one of the passengers on the flight from Lithuania. He told Mirror Online:

I was the first seat on the plane. We were told we were being diverted then I heard the air stewardess speaking.

“Asked what happened and was informed that bomb threat was made on plane. We were delayed getting on the plane in Kaunas by about 30 to 40 mins.

“I saw fire engines and police on tarmac but wasn’t told anything till we were coming into land in Stansted.

“Apparently threat was made while we were still in Kaunas.”

When asked to expand on the claims the bomb threat was made while they were at the first airport and how other passengers reacted, he said:

When she told me I told her I preferred that I had not known.”

Ryanair claimed the alert on flight FR2145 was due to a “suspected hoax security alert” received by Lithuanian authorities.

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.”

Sonic boom

Police: Nothing suspicious found

Was London City Airport affected?

The temporary closure of London’s airspace had “little effect” on the operations at London City Airport a spokesman has told getwestlondon.

He went on to say that normal service has resumed at the airport with no disruptions to flights.

What about flights to and from Gatwick

A spokesman for Gatwick Airport told getwestlondon that flights are operating as normal in and out of the airport.

Flights were not disrupted.

Ryanair statement

We have confirmation of hoax security alert from Ryanair. It has released the following statement:

This flight from Kaunas to London Luton (4 Oct) diverted to London Stansted in line with procedures after Lithuanian authorities received a suspected hoax security alert.

“The aircraft landed normally at Stansted and customers will be transferred to Luton by coach when cleared to do so.”


20-25 fully armed officers

Passenger escorted off flight

Stansted Airport statement

Statement from police in Essex

Unconfirmed reports

More images from @zulu_wooloo

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Armed police at Stansted

Photos on Twitter show armed police on the tarmac at Standsted.

These photos were taken by @zulu_wooloo

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(Image: @zulu_wooloo)

(Image: @zulu_wooloo)

Typhoon jet circles over Stansted

Twitter user @blushingdragon captured footage of a Typhoon fighter jet circling over Stansted Airport.


Hoax security alert

A BBC reporter says

More images

These photos were taken by Andy Longhurst. He wrote on Twitter:

“Not a sight you see everyday. Ryanair flight being tailed by a fighter plane. Something going on? Hope all is well over Suffolk.”

(Image: @AndyLonghurtUK)

(Image: @AndyLonghurtUK)

(Image: @AndyLonghurtUK)

Confirmation from RAF

RAF jets have intercepted a Luton-bound plane from Lithuania

Image of Typhoon above Stansted

London air space NOT closed

Operations temporarily suspended

Stansted Airport says it is open and operating normally, but that flights were suspended

Flight diverted from Luton to Stanstead

According to NATS, a flight due to arrive at Luton was diverted to Stansted.

Fighter jets scrambled

Reports are coming through this morning that fighter jets are circling Stansted Airport, with the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) confirming disruption to London’s air space

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