RAF jets scrambled to intercept Air India jet after bomb threat – Stansted on red alert

RAF jets scrambled to intercept Air India jet after bomb threat – Stansted on red alert

The Air India passenger plane, flying to Newark in the US, made a precautionary landing at London’s Stansted Airport due to a bomb threat.

The airline tweeted: “Mumbai – Newark of 27.06.19 has made a precautionary landing at London Stansted Airport due to bomb threat . Update in the matter follows.”

Essex Police said its officers were at the airport assisting.

They tweeted: “An aircraft was diverted to #Stansted Airport at around 9.50am today (Thursday 27 June) following reports of a security alert.

“The plane is currently at the airport and officers are making enquiries.”

It comes after buildings in Derby shook this morning as a sonic boom caused by RAF jets was heard over the city.

Concerned residents who heard the noise took to social media to share their experiences.

One tweeted: “Loud bang over Derby, anyone know what it was?”

Another said: “Sounded like an explosion, heard and felt it in Alvaston, scary stuff.”

A third wrote: “Anyone in #derby feel that bang/explosion?”

Another said: “Anyone else hear/feel a huge explosion and loud bang between notts and derby area? The whole road was outside looking to see what it was..”

One more added: “Anyone else in derby, house just shake because of this massive random bang.”

Police confirmed that the noise was a sonic boom caused by RAF jets.

They said in a statement: “The recent loud bang heard over Derbyshire was as a result of a RAF jet passing over the county causing a sonic boom.”

More to follow.

Published at Thu, 27 Jun 2019 09:49:00 +0000