Air India Plane Escorted by Fighter Jets Lands in London After Hoax Bomb Threat, Passengers Safe
Britain scrambled Typhoon fighters at supersonic speed to intercept the Boeing 777-337 and safely escorted it to Stansted which briefly closed its runway.
Representative image. (Image source: Air India)
New Delhi: An Air India passenger plane flying to the United States was escorted by British fighter jets to land in London on Thursday after what an official at the airline later said was a hoax bomb threat.
An Air India official said flight AI 191 from Mumbai to Newark had made a precautionary landing at London Stansted Airport after a hoax telephone call was made to Mumbai airport.
Britain scrambled Typhoon fighters at supersonic speed to intercept the Boeing 777-337 and safely escorted it to Stansted, which briefly closed its runway.
The Air India plane was directed to an isolated stand with police in attendance.
"An Air India Boeing 777 diverted into London Stansted Airport at approximately 1015 and landed safely with Essex Police in attendance. It is parked on an isolated stand away from the normal airport operations," the airport said.
"Our runway has now re-opened and is fully operational following a precautionary landing of Air India flight," it said.
British police said officers were making inquiries.
An Air India spokesperson later confirmed that the flight landed safely in London and all passengers are safe.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.
Recommended For You
- Kareena Kapoor Awestruck by Kalki Koechlin's Six-month Pregnancy
- Akshay Kumar and Housefull 4 Team Go for Early Morning Shooting on The Kapil Sharma Show
- Could Google Pixel 4 Have Launched in India With Project Soli Radar Chip Disabled?
- Angry Customer Creates Hilarious 'Oyo Ruined My Anniversary' Website to Narrate Ordeal
- Arunachal Pradesh CM Rides Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 to Promote State Tourism