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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Ryanair flight given RAF jet escort after security threat over UK

Police say it was not believed to be a hijack situation

The Ryanair flight was due to land at Luton Airport but landed at London Stansted instead.  Aidan Crawley / EPA
The Ryanair flight was due to land at Luton Airport but landed at London Stansted instead. Aidan Crawley / EPA

A Ryanair passenger flight from Lithuania to London Stansted was given an escort by Royal Air Force Typhoon jets after a suspected hoax security threat.

The plane was travelling from Kaunas, Lithuania to Luton Airport but was diverted to Stansted. Flights were grounded for a short period before resuming just before 9am on Wednesday, according to a statement from Stansted Airport.

Ryanair says in a statement that the flight was diverted "after Lithuanian authorities received a suspected hoax security alert".

Photos posted on Twitter showed the RAF jets tailing the passenger jet at a low altitude over the UK.

A screengrab from flightradar24
A screengrab from flightradar24

Stansted often deals with hijacks and major security alerts and normally has the planes land on a remote field northwest of the terminal building.

Essex Police say the incident is "not believed to be a hijack situation or terror matter".