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Air India Flight Diverted To London, UK Scrambles Fighters To Escort It – NDTV News

New Delhi/ London: 

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.

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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Air India Flight Diverted To London, UK Scrambles Fighters To Escort It – NDTV News

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