RAF Typhoon jets intercept passenger jet after mid-air incident

RAF Typhoon jets scramble to escort passenger jet to Stansted airport after mid-air incident

  • Two RAF Typhoon jets were scrambled to Stansted Airport in Essex this evening 
  • The jets circled over the Essex airports just after 7pm and then returned to base
  • There are claims they were sent out to escort a passenger jet near the airport 

Two RAF Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled to escort a passenger jet flying into Stansted after a mid-air incident this evening. 

The jets were scrambled just after 7pm to fly alongside the plane, which has now landed safely at the airport in Essex. 

Essex Police are thought to be at the scene following after the plane was escorted to the ground at around 7.40pm.

Two RAF Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled to escort a passenger jet at London Stansted Airport on Sunday evening

A spokesman for London Stansted Airport confirmed a plane had landed safely on the ground following a police incident.

The matter is now thought to be in the hands of police.

Both Typhoons circled over the airport several times, before leaving the scene and head towards Cheltenham to be refueled, before appearing to return towards base at RAF Coningsby.

There were claims the jets were responding to an urgent call-out known as a Quick Reaction Alert, or QRA. 

MailOnline has approached the Ministry of Defence and Essex Police for comment. 

More to follow. 

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