RAF Typhoons escort Jet2 flight after ‘potential threat’ forces diversion

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By Lisa James
13/10/2022
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RAF Typhoons escorted a Jet2 aircraft that had to divert because of a security scare last night.

The flight, from Dalaman to Manchester was diverted to Stansted Airport just before 9pm on Wednesday.

Essex Police said the force was alerted to a ‘potential threat’ onboard and two Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

The RAF said ‘quick reaction alert’ aircraft were launched, adding: “The aircraft was safely escorted to Stansted Airport.”

Essex Police said: “Shortly before 9pm, we received a report of a potential threat on board the flight.

“It was escorted to Stansted Airport, where it landed safely and was parked away from the main passenger terminal.

“The runway was closed for a short time while inquiries were carried out.

“Officers were then able to establish there was no threat on board.

“Onward travel was then organised for the passengers and the runway was reopened.”

Stansted issued a statement on Wednesday night to say: “A Jet2.com flight from Dalaman to Manchester diverted to Stansted Airport this evening.

“The plane landed safely and is parked on a remote stand away from the main passenger terminal. The runway was closed for a short time but has now reopened.”

Jet2 said passengers were being looked after and added: “We would like to apologise to everyone onboard for any inconvenience or upset caused by this unforeseen incident.”

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