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RAF Jets Scrambled After 'Bomb' Note Found On Board Ryanair Flight

RAF Jets Scrambled After 'Bomb' Note Found On Board Ryanair Flight

The Eurofighter Typhoon jets escorted the flight to Stansted Airport

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

RAF jets were scrambled yesterday after a note about a 'bomb' was discovered aboard a Ryanair flight between Krakow and Dublin.

The flight was forced into an emergency landing at Stansted Airport when the note claiming that there were explosives on board the plane was discovered.

Before that, two Eurofighter Typhoon jets escorted the flight to landing. The emergency was declared while the flight was over the North Sea, and it touched down at Stansted at around 6.40pm yesterday evening.

A Ryanair aircraft (stock)

Upon landing at the Essex airport, the flight was surrounded by armed police while passengers were evacuated to be held in a secure part of the airport.

Then, specialist officers searched for any information that could lead to the identification of the culprit.

Two men, aged 26 and 47, have been held in custody, but the plane has been given back to Ryanair and Stansted Airport - albeit not before footage of the RAF jets was shared to Twitter.

Andy Kirby, who lives in Essex, posted on Twitter: "Looks like two eurofighters? Circling Stansted Airport."

The flight left Krakow and was approaching its destination in Dublin when the note was found.

A Ryanair spokesperson told Mirror Online: "A Ryanair flight from Krakow to Dublin this evening discovered a note in one of the toilets claiming that there were explosives on board.

"The captain followed procedure by alerting the UK authorities and diverted to the nearest airport (Stansted) where the plane landed normally, but was taxied to a remote stand where passengers disembarked safely.

"The aircraft and passengers are being checked by the UK police who will decide when they may travel onwards to Dublin on a spare aircraft.

"Passengers in Dublin waiting to depart to Krakow are being transferred to a spare aircraft to minimise any delay to their flight.

"Ryanair apologises sincerely for the delay and inconvenience caused to those affected by this diversion."

A Eurofighter Typhoon (stock)

The police then later confirmed that all passengers were taken safely off the plane.

A statement from Essex Police reads: "A flight from Krakow to Dublin was diverted to Stansted Airport at around 6.40pm on Monday, July 13 due to reports of a security alert.

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

"We'll bring you more information when we can."

They later updated: "We have now safely brought off all the passengers from the plane.

"The plane remains in an isolated area at Stansted and our enquiries are ongoing."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Ireland, UK News