British counter terrorism police have been holding two males on Monday following a “safety risk” aboard a Ryanair flight that led to fighter jets being scrambled to intercept it.
Police mentioned they detained the pair, a 34-year-old man from Kuwait and a 48-year-old man from Italy, underneath terrorism legal guidelines late on Sunday at Stansted Airport after the flight from Vienna landed.
Britain’s Royal Air Drive (RAF) mentioned it had launched two Hurricane fighter jets from a base in close by Lincolnshire “to intercept a civilian plane”.
“The plane was escorted safely to Stansted,” it added.
A spokesman for finances provider Ryanair mentioned the aircraft’s crew had been alerted to a “potential safety risk on board”.
“According to procedures, the captain knowledgeable UK authorities and continued to London Stansted, the place the plane landed usually and taxied to a distant stand the place passengers disembarked safely,” mentioned the airline.
“Passengers in London Stansted ready to depart to Vienna have been transferred to a spare plane to minimise the delay to their flight.”
Police mentioned inquiries have been ongoing.
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