A US-bound Air India flight made an unscheduled landing in London for what the airline initially called a “bomb threat”. Minutes later, the tweet was deleted without any update being offered. Much later, news agency Reuters reported that an airline official said it was a hoax.
That the landing took place at London’s Stansted airport was confirmed almost immediately by the British authorities. In a statement, the airport said its runway had reopened.
The Air India Boeing 777 “diverted into the airport at 10:15 hrs and landed safely with the Essex Police in attendance,” a statement from the airport 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,” it added.
— London Stansted Airport (@STN_Airport) June 27, 2019
Quoting UK’s Ministry of defence, Reuters reported that Typhoon aircraft were deployed at supersonic speed to intercept a civilian plane.
Reuters later tweeted, “Air India official says bomb threat on Mumbai-Newark flight was a hoax, plane back in the air”.
(With inputs from Reuters)
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