Essex Police say nothing suspicious found on bomb threat Air India jet at Stansted Airport
Essex Police say nothing suspicious was found on the Air India aircraft which was escorted to Stansted Airport by RAF Typhoon fighter jets this morning (Thursday, June 27) amid fears of a bomb threat.
The Boeing 777 was en route from Mumbai, India's largest city, to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey when it was diverted to Essex at 9.50am. It was flying over Northern Ireland when it was rerouted.
Air India confirmed the incident involving Flight AI191 on Twitter at around 10.20am.
It said: "191 Mumbai-Newark of 27.06.19 has made a precautionary landing at London Stansted Airport due to bomb threat."
At 4pm, a spokesman for Essex Police said: "Following investigations on the plane, we have now been able to establish there is nothing suspicious on board.
"The aircraft has been handed back to Stansted Airport and the operator. We appreciate the patience and understand of everyone involved."
Fifty minutes earlier, the constabulary said all the passengers on board had been safely removed from the aircraft and were being supported by Stansted Airport staff.
The Uttlesford hub is the Government's preferred airport for such incidents, along with Prestwick in Scotland.
A spokesman said: "The layout of the airport allows any aircraft with security alerts to be isolated away from the terminal or runway. They are parked on a remote part of the airfield to the north-west of the terminal."