RAF typhoon planes rushed to escort a Ryanair jet from Poland after a note found in the restroom warned that there was a bomb on board.
The plane bound for Dublin was under military escort for an emergency landing in London Stansted, confirmed a spokesman for Ryanair.
Fighter planes were taken down from Coningsby shortly before 6:30 p.m. to assist the 737-800.
A Ryanair spokesperson said: “The captain followed the procedure by alerting the British authorities and diverted to the nearest airport (Stansted)”.
“The plane landed normally, but was transported to a remote post where the passengers disembarked safely.”
They added: “The plane and the passengers are controlled by the British police who will decide when they can go to Dublin in a spare plane.
“Dublin passengers awaiting departure for Krakow are transferred to a spare plane to minimize any delay in their flight.
“Ryanair sincerely apologizes for the delay and inconvenience caused to those affected by this hijacking.”
Ryanair flight FR1902 left Cracow in Poland for Dublin around 4.30 p.m.
An airport spokeswoman confirmed that the plane had been hijacked this evening toward Stansted.
She told Sun Online that the Essex police are handling the incident and that “everyone is safe on board.
“Only the police are present. The plane was diverted to the airport during a flight from Krakow to Dublin. “
The aircraft remains at Stansted, which is an airfield designated for these emergencies.
He was parked remotely on the north side of the airfield, according to eyewitnesses.
At 9 p.m., all passengers were able to safely depart the aircraft, but it remained in an isolated area while investigations continued.
The flight was escorted by Typhoon jets – which can fly at 500 mph – from the coast.
RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire is one of two RAF Rapid Reaction Alert Stations (QRAs) that protect British airspace.
The Sun contacted the RAF to comment on the incident.
Sky News Defense correspondent Alistair Bunkall said on Twitter at 7:30 p.m. “Ryanair’s flight is now on the ground and typhoons are returning to Lincs.”
Essex police initially said on Facebook: “A flight from Krakow to Dublin was diverted to Stansted Airport at around 6:40 p.m. Monday July 13 due to reports of a security alert.
“The plane is currently at the airport and the officers are investigating.
Airways magazine reported the plane was “screaming” [transponder code] 7700, which represents a general emergency and not 7500, which is designated for hijacking and other terrorist incidents. “
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Andy Kirby, a man from Essex, shared footage of the rushing Typhoons tonight, saying on Twitter, “Looks like two eurofighters? Around Stansted Airport. ”
In accordance with Stansted procedures in such circumstances, the emergency teams were on standby before Ryanair arrived.