Dramatic moment The RAF Typhoon jet escorted the Ryanair plane after a terrorist alert was raised about a "suspicious item" in the toilet that turned out to be a phone – two men are released without charge
- RAF Typhoon jets were jumbled up to intercept the Lauda jet after police officers reported a "suspicious item".
- Armed police surrounded it on the runway when it landed in Stansted from Vienna and arrested the two men
- Police released suspects without charge today and closed the probe – after the object was revealed it was a phone
The moment when an RAF Typhoon jet escorted a Ryanair aircraft after a terrorist alert was triggered over a "suspicious object" was shown.
Police released two Kuwaiti and Italian men without charge and said there was no terrorist attack on board the diverted flight after it was discovered that the "suspect item" in a toilet was a cell phone.
RAF jets were jumbled up to intercept the Lauda jet before armed police surrounded it on the runway when it landed from Vienna in Stansted at around 7:20 p.m. yesterday.
The crew had made the police aware of a possible "security threat" on board and, after landing, two men aged 24 and 48 were arrested and taken into custody by the anti-terror police. You have now been released and the investigation completed.
The pictures now show an RAF jet accompanying the flight exactly after the alarm was triggered.
The RAF Typhoon fighter is pictured above accompanying a Ryanair flight after a "suspicious object" was found on board that turned out to be a telephone
Police released two Kuwaiti and Italian men without charge and said there was no terrorist attack aboard a rerouted Ryanair flight after it was discovered that a "suspicious item" in a toilet was a cell phone
The crew had made the police aware of a possible "security threat" on board and, after landing, two men aged 24 and 48 were arrested and taken into custody by the anti-terror police. You have now been released and the investigation completed
RAF Typhoon: Agile fighter with a top speed of 1381 miles per hour
The Typhoon FGR4 provides the RAF with a high-performance and highly agile multi-role fighter that can be used across the spectrum of flight operations, including air police, peace support and high-intensity conflicts.
The two-seat Typhoon multipurpose jet fighter is part of the 29th Royal Air Force squadron at RAF Coningsby. It has a twin-engine and a canard delta wing.
Development of the aircraft began in 1983 and a prototype took up its first flight in March 1994.
Other important facts are:
Engines: 2 Eurojet EJ200 turbo jets
Thrust: 20,000 pounds each
Top speed: 1381.08 km / h
Length: 15.96 meters
Maximum altitude: 55,000 feet
Wingspan: 11.09 m
Aircraft crew: 1
Armament: Paveway IV, AMRAAM, ASRAAM, Mauser 27 mm cannon, Enhanced Paveway II
Two typhoons accompanied the Ryanair jet as it landed at Stansted Airport in Essex.
Passenger Joanna Czechowska said officers got on and took two men away after the suspicious items were discovered in the toilets.
The two suspects were taken into custody but released this morning.
A spokesman for the Eastern Region's Special Operations Unit, which combats terrorism and organized crime, confirmed today that the "suspect object" was a phone found in the toilets.
Detective Superintendent Andy Waldie said, “We understandably take any reports of suspicious objects or behavior on flights very seriously, and luckily on that occasion there was no need to worry.
"I would like to thank those on the flight for their cooperation and understanding while the officers did their investigations."
Ryanair said: & # 39; The crew on a Ryanair flight from Vienna to London Stansted were informed tonight of a possible security threat on board.
According to the procedures, the captain informed the UK authorities and proceeded to London Stansted, where the aircraft landed normally and taxied to a distant stand where passengers could safely disembark.
Passengers in London Stansted waiting to leave for Vienna were transferred to a replacement aircraft to minimize the delay in their flight.
The RAF commented: & # 39; RAF Coningsby typhoon fighter jets were launched tonight to intercept a civilian aircraft. The plane was safely brought to Stansted. «
The jets were then believed to have flown towards Cheltenham for refueling before appearing to return to the base at RAF Coningsby.
Armed police surrounded the Lauda plane, a RyanAir subsidiary, after it landed on the tarmac in Stansted on Sunday
Two RAF Typhoon fighter jets were messed up last night to escort a passenger jet at London Stansted Airport
Joanna Czechowksa was on board the passenger flight that was escorted to London Stansted Airport shortly after 7 p.m. yesterday
Airborne radars spotted both jets flying from their base at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire to Essex Airport