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Flight drama caused by 'suspected hoax'

An RAF fighter escorting a Ryanair flight into Stansted

A security scare on board a Ryanair flight that was escorted by RAF jets and saw flights at Stansted Airport grounded was a suspected hoax, the airline have said.

Passengers were safely taken off the plane which was diverted from it's route between Kaunas, Lithuania, and Luton and forced to land at Stansted, just before nine o'clock this morning.

Police say officers found nothing suspicious on board.

Flights to and from Stansted returned to normal within ten minutes

Police escort passengers to Stansted terminal after security alert

Armed officers at Stansted Airport have now escorted passengers from the diverted Ryanair flight at the centre of a security scare to the terminal building.

The flight was on the way from Kaunas, Lithuania to Luton when the alarm was raised. It landed safely after being escorted by an RAF Typhoon fighter

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Ryanair flight lands safely at Stansted after security alert

Passengers have been led away from the Ryanair flight that was escorted into Stansted this morning by an RAF Typhoon after a security scare.

Armed police were waiting on the runway for the aircraft that landed safely. It was on route from Kaunas in Lithuania to Luton when the alarm was raised.

Flights were held for ten minutes at Stansted but are now operating normally again.

PHOTOS: Fighter jet escorts Ryanair flight into Stansted

RAF jet escorts a passenger plane into Stansted Airport Credit: Andy Longhurst/Twitter

Pictures have emerged of an RAF Typhoon jet escorting a passenger plane into Stansted Airport. The Ryanair flight was diverted after a security incident onboard.

Credit: Andy Longhurst/Twitter
Credit: Andy Longhurst/Twitter

RAF fighter jets escort passenger plane into Stansted

The RAF has confirmed that it sent fighter jets to escort a passenger aircraft into Stansted Airport this morning.

It's after a security incident involving a Ryanair flight.

Flights to and from the airport were on hold while the planes landed.

The flight was initially heading to Luton before it was diverted to Stansted.

Earlier a loud bang was reported in Suffolk - with police confirming it was thought to be a "sonic boom".

Flights from the airport are now back to normal.

Suffolk 'sonic boom' caused by military aircraft

Suffolk Police have confirmed that a loud bang heard over the county on Wednesday morning was a sonic boom.

Officers were inundated with 999 calls from members of the public following the incident which happened just after 8.30am.

People on social media reported that their houses had been shook by the force of the bang, while animals were distressed.

Police believe the boom was caused by "military aircraft."

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