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RAF crawls typhoons to escort the Ryanair jet to Dublin


The Ryanair flight from Krakow to Dublin has to make an emergency landing in Stansted after cabin crew discovered a note in the toilet claiming it was explosives on board

  • The flight from Krakow, Poland to Dublin was diverted to Stansted Airport this evening
  • There followed reports of loss of contact with the plane's pilot as it flew over Britain
  • Two typhoon hunters were mixed up by RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire
  • According to the police, the incident was a security alarm for the Boeing 737-800 aircraft

A security fright on a Ryanair flight that caused the RAF to crawl two fighter jets was a note saying there was a bomb on the plane, airline chiefs said tonight.

The threatening message in the toilets of the Boeing 737-800 plane said that explosives had been planted on board the flight from Krakow to Dublin.

Ryanair said his pilot immediately alerted the British authorities before the aircraft was diverted to make an emergency landing at Stansted Airport – the country's designated hijack airport, where police and SAS regularly train.

Two Typhoon fighters were encrypted this evening shortly before 6:30 p.m. by RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, and a QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) tanker by RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.

A security shock on a Ryanair flight that forced an emergency landing at Stansted Airport (photo) was a note claiming there was a bomb on the plane, airline chiefs said tonight

Two RAF Typhoon fighters (like the one shown here) were encrypted by RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire

Two RAF Typhoon fighters (like the one shown here) were encrypted by RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire

The RAF Typhoon Jets are displayed on a flight card that leaves the area after the plane lands at Stansted Airport

The RAF Typhoon Jets are displayed on a flight card that leaves the area after the plane lands at Stansted Airport

The Ryanair flight from Krakow, Poland to Dublin was diverted to Stansted Airport this evening after reports had shown that contact with the pilot had been interrupted. Library picture.

The Ryanair flight from Krakow, Poland to Dublin was diverted to Stansted Airport this evening after reports had shown that contact with the pilot had been interrupted. Library picture.

The two RAF jets escorted the plane to Stansted Airport, where the police are currently checking the plane and its passengers – all in safety.

A Ryanair spokesman said: “A Ryanair flight from Krakow to Dublin found a note in one of the toilets tonight that there was explosives on board.

The captain alerted the British authorities and diverted to the nearest airport (Stansted), where the plane landed normally. However, he was taken to a remote booth where passengers safely disembarked.

“The plane and passengers are checked by the British police, who decide when to travel to Dublin on a replacement plane.

"Passengers in Dublin waiting to depart for Krakow will be reloaded onto a replacement aircraft to minimize flight delays."

The spokesman added: "Ryanair sincerely apologizes for the delay and inconvenience caused to this by this diversion."

An Essex Police spokesman said: “A flight from Krakow to Dublin was diverted to Stansted Airport at around 6.40pm today due to reports of a security alert.

"The plane is currently at the airport and officials are making requests."

The spokesman added, "We'll bring you more information if we can."

A spokesman for Stansted Airport told The Sun that the police were present and that "everyone on board is safe."

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