An Air India passenger plane to the US makes “precautionary landing” after security threats
Air Indiaflight had to divert its route to Stansted over 'security threats'.
- Intially, Air India tweeted "made a precautionary landing at London Stansted Airport due to bomb threat," but later deleted the tweet calling the incident a 'security threat."
- The passenger plane was escorted by the RAF Typhoon plane to make its landing.
Air India says its passenger flight to the US had to make “precautionary landing” at London's Stansted Airport over security threat. Air India initially tweeted that a bomb threat had prompted the landing but later deleted the tweet calling the incident a ‘security threat” reported BBC.
The Flight AI 191 left from Mumbai in the morning and was travelling to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, US.
The passenger plane was escorted by the RAF Typhoon plane to make its landing, said the Ministry of Defence.
“An Air India Boeing 777 diverted into London Stansted Airport at approximately 1015 and landed safely with Essex Police in attendance. It is parked on an isolated stand away from the normal airport operations,” the airport said.
#UPDATE Our runway has now re-opened and is fully operational following a precautionary landing of Air India flight.— London Stansted Airport (@STN_Airport) June 27, 2019
We are sorry for any disruption caused by the incident and would like to thank you for your patience.
There were no details on the number of passengers on board. The British officials are said to be making further enquiries.
RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire launched Typhoon jet at supersonic speed after they heard a sonic boom, reported BBC. They were able to escort the plane safely to the runway