Air India plane makes emergency landing after bomb threat

Detail of Stansted Airport hall near London

Detail of Stansted Airport hall near London

An Air India flight to the USA made an emergency landing in London this afternoon after a bomb threat.

Around 300 passengers were "quarantined" after two RAF Typhoon jets escorted their Air India flight to London Stansted Airport because of a reported bomb threat.

Stansted Airport, northeast of London, said the Boeing 777 landed there 25 minutes later with police in attendance.

London's Stansted Airport closed to allow the Boeing 777-337 to land but has since reopened.

The Stansted Airport said that it has re-opened since and is now fully functional. Meanwhile, the aircraft has been parked in a remote bay under the surveillance of security agencies at Stansted, said a source.

RAF Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled to guide the plane to safety at the Essex airport.

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Air India airplanes at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

"The plane (is) now at the airport", an Air India spokesperson added in a statement, noting all the 327 passengers were being cared for inside a terminal. "We are very sorry for the delays and disruption caused by the incident", it added.

A spokesman said: "The layout of the airport allows any aircraft with security alerts to be isolated away from the terminal or runway".

Responding to reports the plane was back in the air, one Twitter user, with the handle @DinoGoel, said all passengers had disembarked.

A Mumbai-Newark flight was escorted to safety by United Kingdom fighter jets when the Boeing 777 flight was forced to land at the airport after a "sonic boom" was heard by people over Derby, England.

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