Ryanair escorted by fighter jets after bomb alert

A Ryanair passenger plane has been escorted by two Royal Air Force fighters to Stansted Airport near London after a bomb threat. The airplane was heading for Luton airport on a flight from Lithuania. The airport was placed on lockdown with all flights temporarily grounded on Wednesday morning.

London airspace has not been closed and is operating normally. It’s not clear yet what the threat was and why the RAF escorted the passenger plane. A Ministry of Defence spokesman told the Evening Standard: “The RAF can confirm quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched this morning from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft. The aircraft was escorted to Stansted airport. Typhoon are authorised to transit at supersonic speed for operational reasons.”

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