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- RAF Coningsby has been a key frontline station in the defence of the United Kingdom for over 70 years.
- It's mission is: ‘To develop the future, deliver the present and commemorate the past of the Royal Air Force’s combat air power’
- Its aircraft encompass almost 80 years of air warfighting capability: from the Lancaster, Dakota, Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, through the Tornado GR4, to the multi-role Typhoons of the Coningsby Wing squadrons which were deployed today.
- RAF Coningsby is home to 3000 RAF personnel, civil servants and contractors who keep the station operational around the clock
Two RAF Typhoon jets are escorting a passenger plane from Pakistan to Stansted airport - the UK's designated counter terrorism airport.
The RAF has confirmed that one of its Typhoon jets was scrambled from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire in order to divert a passenger jet from Manchester Airport.
A British security source has told Reuters news agency that early indications do not suggest that the plane is the subject of a terror attack.
Stansted Airport has said that the diverted plane is in an isolated stand away from passenger areas.
It added that the airport is operating as normal.
The Pakistan International Airlines plane that has been diverted from Manchester Airport to Stansted is carrying 297 passengers, Reuters reported.
A Pakistan International Airlines passenger flight has been diverted from Manchester Airport to Stansted. No reason has been given so far.
This flight tracker appears to show flight PIA709 moving dramatically off its course and heading south towards London.
Essex Police has confirmed the plane diverted to Stansted Airport has now landed:
An RAF Typhoon jet has been launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian aircraft in UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence said today.
Reports said the aircraft was a Pakistani passenger plane which had been diverted from Manchester to Stansted.