U.K. Scrambles Two RAF Jets to Divert Passenger Airliner

Two Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets have been scrambled to divert a passenger aircraft bound for Manchester International Airport in the north of England, the U.K. Ministry of Defence said.

The planes took off from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire to investigate and divert the aircraft to Stansted Airport, which is the U.K.’s designated counter-terrorism base, a spokesman for the ministry said in a telephone interview.

The aircraft may have lost communications and it could be a false alarm, he said, asking not to be identified in line with government policy.

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