A Ryanair flight Yesterday was forced to make an emergency landing after a note was discovered in one of the toilets, which read “warning explosives were on board” .The aircraft that was travelling from Krakow to Dublin was intercepted by RAF Typhoon fighter jets after the alarm was raised.
After landing safely on the runway at London Stansted Airport, police oversaw the evacuation of the plane in an isolated area and described the incident only as a “security alert” and said officers were still investigating.
A spokesperson for Ryanair said that the diversion of the Boeing 737-800 was prompted by the discovery of “a note in one of the toilets claiming that there were explosives on board”.
“The captain followed procedure by alerting the UK authorities and diverted to the nearest airport where the plane landed normally, but was taxied to a remote stand where passengers disembarked safely.”
“The aircraft and passengers are being checked by the UK police who will decide when they may continue their travel to Dublin on a spare aircraft.
“Passengers in Dublin waiting to depart to Krakow are being transferred to a spare aircraft to minimize any delay to their flight.
He further said “Ryanair apologises sincerely for the delay and inconvenience caused to those affected by this diversion”.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Defence confirmed that two Typhoons were dispatched from RAF Coningsby to “inspect” a Ryanair passenger flight. ”It was all escorted safely and there were no issues after that point.”
Later in the evening at about 9:pm Essex Police said “We have now safely brought off all the passengers from the plane. The plane remains in an isolated area at Stansted and investigations are ongoing.”
Additional information from independent.co.uk