RAF fighter jets scrambled to intercept packed airliner over UK after 'security alert'

Two RAF Typhoon jets were scrambled this morning to intercept an airliner over UK airspace.

Thursday, 27th June 2019, 2:44 pm

The Air India flight from Mumbai to New York did a u-turn over Northern Ireland and was escorted to Standsted Airport by the Typhoons.

Essex Police said the aircraft has been diverted to Stansted Airport on Thursday morning after a "security alert".

A statement said: "An aircraft was diverted to #Stansted Airport at around 9.50am today (Thursday 27 June) following reports of a security alert. The plane is currently at the airport and officers are making enquiries."

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Stansted Airport said its runway had now re-opened after the emergency landing.

In a statement posted to Twitter it said: "An Air India Boeing 777 diverted into London Stansted 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.

"Our runway has now re-opened and is fully operational. 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. Thank you for your patience."

A RAF Typhoon. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)