June 27, 2019 12.16 pm This story is over 53 months old

Typhoon jets launched from RAF Coningsby over ‘bomb threat’

A sonic boom was heard across Derbyshire

Two RAF Typoon Jets were launched from RAF Coningsby on Thursday morning after a reported bomb threat.

A sonic boom was heard across Derbyshire as military aircraft were sent to intercept a passenger plane, which was diverted to Stanstead Airport. The Air India Boeing 777 was flying from Mumbai in India to Newark in the US.

Police and the fire service reportedly received “a large number” of 999 calls from people who feared there had been an explosion, with some residents saying their homes shook. A loud bang was heard shortly before 10am BST.

The runway has now reopened at Stanstead Airport and is fully operational.

An RAF spokesperson said: “The RAF can confirm Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft were launched this morning from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft.

“The aircraft was safely escorted to Stansted Airport. The Typhoon aircraft were authorised to transit at supersonic speed for operational reasons; any inconvenience caused to local residents is regretted.”

Essex Police said: “An aircraft was diverted to Stansted Airport at around 9.50am today (Thursday, June 27) following reports of a security alert. The plane is currently at the airport and officers are making enquiries.”