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Bomb threat: RAF jet fighters escort Air India jumbo to Stansted Airport

The route taken by the diverted Air India jet (13068110)
The route taken by the diverted Air India jet (13068110)

A bomb threat has prompted the "precautionary" landing at Stansted Airport of an Air India jet on its way to the United States.

The Boeing 777 was en route from Mumbai, India's largest city, to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

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."

A Stansted Airport spokesman said that the aircraft was escorted to the airport by RAF Typhoon fighter jets and landed safely.

He said: "An Air India Boeing 777 diverted into Stansted at approximately 10.15am this morning. The aircraft, which was flying from Mumbai to New York, landed safely with Essex Police in attendance.

"It is parked on an isolated stand away from the normal airport operations. This resulted in some minor delays to flights, but we expect operations to return to normal shortly."

Essex Police said: "An aircraft was diverted to #Stansted Airport at around 9.50am today (Thursday 27 June) following reports of a security alert. The plane landed at around 10.15am and is currently at the airport and officers are making enquiries."

Sunday (June 23) was the 34th anniversary of one of the world's worst terror attacks on an aircraft when Canadian Sikh terrorists blew up Air India Flight 182 travelling from Toronto to Delhi, killing all 329 passengers and 22 crew members.

On Saturday (June 22), a woman was arrested at Stansted Airport in connection with an incident on a Jet2 plane to Turkey that triggered an RAF fighter jet alert – and a sonic boom that prompted a deluge of 999 calls from startled residents.

Two Eurofighter Typhoon jets were scrambled from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, on what is known as a quick reaction alert (QRA), soon after 6.30pm.

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