London Stansted was forced to hold flights while the Ryanair plane was escorted by fighter jets after an emergency
London Stansted was forced to hold flights while the Ryanair plane was escorted by fighter jets after an emergency on board.
The Ryanair plane was travelling from Kaunas to Luton but had to divert to Stansted due to the emergency.
A spokesperson for the airport confirmed some flights were grounded in response to the situation, but insists all services are now “operational”.
The spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Some flight operations were briefly held while the aircraft was landing but it’s all operational now.”
Stansted Airport said in a statement: “A Ryanair aircraft diverted into London Stansted at approximately 8.55am this morning.
Stansted Airport flights update after Ryanair plane emergency (stock image)
“The aircraft, which was flying from Kaunas to Luton, landed safely with Essex Police in attendance.
“Flight operations were briefly held while the aircraft landed and taxied to its parking stand.
“The airport is open and flights are arriving and departing as normal.”
The Ministry of Defence said they had scrambled jets from RAF Conningsby after a request to intercept a civilian airliner.
Stansted airport in Essex is the default airport for any security threat.
Stansted Airport flights were briefly held while the Ryanair plane was escorted
Essex Police released a statement saying: “We are aware of an incident at Stansted airport. We will bring you more information when we can.”
A RAF spokesman confirmed “quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft” were launched this morning to intercept a civilian plane.
He said: “The aircraft was escorted to Stansted airport. Typhoon are authorised to transit at supersonic speed for operational reasons.”
Residents reported “loud bangs” across Norfolk as police confirmed it was a sonic boom produced by military aircraft, which are authorised to fly at supersonic speeds.
Stansted Airport: The Ryanair flight was escorted by RAF jets after a security alert (stock image)
Ipswich east police tweeted: “We can now confirm that the loud bangs heard across #Suffolk this morning where a sonic boom produced by military aircraft.”
Ryanair said the flight was diverted due to “procedure” after Lithuanian authorities received “a suspected hoax security alert”.
A spokesman added: “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.”