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RAF jets escort plane with communication difficulties

RAF jets scrambled from Lincolnshire base to escort a plane with communication difficulties into an airport.

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A plane from Bucharest was escorted into Birmingham airport by the fighter jets.

The private plane, which contained three crew and no passengers, was met by two Typhoon jets scrambled from RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, and a Voyager aircraft launched from Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.

They escorted the Saab 340 plane once it entered UK air space, Birmingham Airport said.

Its runway was closed for about half an hour while the freight-carrying plane landed just after 7.30am.

The Royal Air Force can confirm that Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire were launched this morning on a quick reaction alert mission to intercept a civilian aircraft that had lost communications.

The aircraft was safely escorted to Birmingham International Airport.

– RAF spokesman

We can confirm that a private Saab 340 aircraft inbound from Bucharest to Birmingham and carrying three crew encountered communication difficulties during a flight earlier today.

In accordance with normal operating procedures the aircraft was intercepted by military jets on arrival into UK airspace and was escorted up to its scheduled arrival into Birmingham.

– A Birmingham Airport spokeswoman