RAF jets escort Ryanair flight to London airport after 'hoax bomb call'
The UK's Royal Air Force escorted a Ryanair plane to Stansted airport this morning after a security alert on board, according to reports.
The flight from Kaunas in Lithuania to London Luton was diverted to London's Stansted airport, the British airport designated to deal with major incidents, and there were reports of a sonic boom over eastern England when the fighter jets were deployed.
"The RAF can confirm Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft were launched this morning from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft. The aircraft was safely escorted to Stansted airport," a spokesman for the Royal Air Force said.
He added the planes had been "authorised to transit at supersonic speed for operational reasons".
According to Reuters the plane landed safely and police are in attendance.
A Ryanair spokesman told Independent.ie: “This flight from Kaunas to London Luton diverted to London Stansted in line with procedures after Lithuanian authorities received a suspected hoax security alert.
"The aircraft landed normally at Stansted and customers will be transferred to Luton by coach when cleared to do so.”
Essex Police said they are currently on the scene at Stansted after the flight from Kaunas to Luton was diverted.
The plane landed safely at 8.55am and passengers are being safely brought off, they confirmed in a tweet.
"The runway was closed for a short time but has now reopened."