Bomb threat on Air India passenger plane

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Due to a security threat, an Air India passenger plane has made an emergency landing at Stansted Airport in London, UK.

The airline initially tweeted that the landing was made due to a ‘bomb threat’ but the tweet has since been deleted and the incident has instead been called a ‘security threat’.

The flight AI 191 was travelling from Mumbai, India to Newark, US and was brought into land escorted by Typhoon fighter jets. The plane landed shortly after 10:30am today.

An RAF spokesman said: “The RAF can confirm QRA Typhoons were launched this morning from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian ac. The ac was escorted to Stansted. The Typhoons transited at supersonic speed for operational reasons; any inconvenience caused to local residents is regretted.”

London's Stansted Airport was briefly shut down, but the runway has now reopened and is fully operational. The airport tweeted: “We are sorry for any disruption caused by the incident and would like to thank you for your patience.”