Air India flight diverted, escorted by fighter jets to London airport amid bomb threats
London : An Air India Mumbai-Newark flight has reportedly been diverted and escorted by the fighter jets to London's Stansted airport. A tweet, that has been deleted now, read that plane made a "precautionary landing due to a bomb threat".
The AI 191 Mumbai-Newark flight "made a precautionary landing at London Stansted Airport due to bomb threat," Air India tweeted.
The airlines has removed the tweet but has not posted any update about the flight since then.
Britain's ministry of defence said Typhoon aircraft were deployed at supersonic speed to intercept a civilian plane, news agency Reuters reported.
In a statement, London's Stansted Airport said its runway had reopened after the "precautionary landing". The Air India Boeing 777 "diverted into the airport at 10:15 hrs and landed safely with the Essex Police in attendance," the statement read.
"Our runway has now re-opened and is fully operational following a precautionary landing of Air India flight. We are sorry for any disruption caused by the incident and would like to thank you for your patience," the Stansted Airport further said.