Scandinavian Airlines Flight SK4609 which was on its way to Manchester from Oslo, Norway was safely able to land after it was escorted down by two RAF Typhoons
Two Royal Air Force Typhoons have escorted a plane to land at Manchester Airport after it reportedly lost communication with air traffic control.
Scandinavian Airlines Flight SK4609 which was on its way to Manchester from Oslo, Norway was safely able to land. Flight trackers show the plane being intercepted over the north east of England. Emergency crews based at the airport were on standby as the plane came down.
The crew ‘lost communications’ on the way to Manchester, a spokeswoman for the airport confirmed. The RAF Typhoons were deployed to escort it to a safe landing as is ‘standard procedures’. The plane has now landed safely and communications have been restored.
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The SAS plane was surrounded by police as it came to a standstill at the gate and pictures show emergency vehicles parked up close by. Fire crews and a paramedics have also met the plane on landing as part of the procedure, the airport spokeswoman added.
The passengers, who were said to be calm, were kept on the plane while still on the runway for around 45 minutes while checks were carried out, before being eventually let off the aircraft.
An Royal Air Force spokesman told the media: “Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft were launched this afternoon from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft that had lost communications; subsequently, communications were re-established, the aircraft was intercepted and safely escorted to Manchester.”