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RAF fighter jets escort Jet2 passenger plane after ‘bomb threat’

Two RAF Typhoon fighter jets have escorted a Jet2 passenger plane to Stansted Airport following a suspected bomb threat.

The plane had left Dalaman in Turkey and was en route to Manchester – but had to be diverted to Stansted.

Two fighter jets had been detached from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, flight tracking websites show.

The jets escorted the A321 aircraft until it landed at the airport outside London around 9.20pm local time.

Armed police were outside the plane while it was parked at a secluded stand, according to images posted by passengers on social media.

Police said it was later determined that “there was no threat on board”.

Departures from the airport were reportedly suspended for a period before the runway reopened.

A passenger on flight LS922 said they stayed on the plane for hours after the plane landed with no “news”.

Jet2 confirmed the incident. The airline tweeted: “We can confirm that flight LS922 DLM to MAN was diverted to London Stansted this evening under the direction of UK air traffic control.

“The plane landed safely and taxied to a distant stand. We are currently in liaison with London Stansted Airport and the relevant authorities.”

Essex Police said: “Just 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 off the main passenger terminal.

“While investigations were being conducted, the runway was briefly closed. The officials were then able to determine that there was no danger on board.

“Then the onward journey was organized for the passengers and the runway was released again.”

Stansted Airport said: “The plane landed safely and was parked in a secluded stand away from the main passenger terminal with Essex Police present.

“The runway was briefly closed but is now open again.”

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