Air India plane diverted to London's Stansted lands safely
An Air India plane flies in New Delhi, India, Thursday, April 12, 2012. (AP / Tsering Topgyal)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, June 27, 2019 7:01AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, June 27, 2019 6:03PM EDT
LONDON - Royal Air Force fighter jets escorted an Air India plane to London's Stansted Airport on Thursday after a security alert, officials and the airline said.
Air India flight 191, travelling from Mumbai to Newark, New Jersey, landed safely after being diverted at 10:15 a.m. BST (0915 GMT). The Boeing 777 was parked on an isolated stand far from the airport's normal operations.
All 327 passengers were taken off the plane and were “served snacks and other beverages,” said Dhananjay Kumar, a spokesman for Air India.
The U.K.'s Ministry of Defence did not identify the plane but did say that Typhoon aircraft safely escorted a civilian aircraft to the airport, which lies around 37 miles (60 kilometres) northeast of the centre of London.
British media reported earlier Thursday that there was a bomb threat onboard but officials did not comment on the nature of the security alert.