RAF escorts airliner to airport

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Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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RAF Typhoon aircraft were launched this afternoon to intercept a civilian aircraft which was causing concern to air traffic control authorities.

The aircraft, a Russian Made Antonov An-26 cargo airliner from Latvia, was safely escorted to London Stansted after being intercepted by aircraft from RAF Coningsby.

An RAF spokesman said: “Typhoon aircraft were launched this afternoon from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft south of London which was causing concern to air traffic control authorities.

“The aircraft was safely escorted to London Stansted.

“To fulfil their quick reaction role the Typhoons were cleared to travel at supersonic speed, any noise disturbance as a result of this is regretted.

“Essex Police now have the lead.”

Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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