RAF jets scrambled to escort Ryanair flight to Stansted airport as note is found in toilets warning of bomb on board

RAF typhoon jets scrambled to escort a Ryanair jet from Poland after a note found in the toilets warned there was a bomb on board.

The Dublin-bound plane was under military escort for an emergency landing at London Stansted, confirmed a Ryanair spokesperson.

Fighter aircraft were scrambled from Coningsby shortly before 6.30pm to help the 737-800 aircraft.

A Ryanair spokesperson said: “The captain followed procedure by alerting the UK authorities and diverted to the nearest airport (Stansted)".

The “plane landed normally, but was taxied to a remote stand where passengers disembarked safely”.

They added: “The aircraft and passengers are being checked by the UK police who will decide when they may travel onwards to Dublin on a spare aircraft. 

“Passengers in Dublin waiting to depart to Krakow are being transferred to a spare aircraft to minimise any delay to their flight.

“Ryanair apologises sincerely for the delay and inconvenience caused to those affected by this diversion".

Ryanair's FR1902 flight left Krakow in Poland for Dublin at about 4.30pm.

An airport spokeswoman confirmed that the plane had been diverted tonight to Stansted.

She told the Sun Online that Essex police are dealing with the incident, and that "everybody is safe onboard.

"Just the police are in attendance. The plane was diverted to the airport during a flight from Krakow to Dublin."

The aircraft remains at Stansted, which is a designated airfield for these emergency situations.

It has been parked remotely on the north side of the airfield, according to eyewitnesses.

By 9pm, all passengers were able to safely leave the plane but it remained in an isolated area as investigations continued.

The flight was escorted by Typhoon jets – which can fly at 500mph – from the coast.

RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire is one of two RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Stations which protect UK airspace.

The Sun has contacted RAF for comment on the incident.

Sky News Defence correspondent Alistair Bunkall said on Twitter at 7.30pm that that "Ryanair flight is on the ground now and Typhoons heading back to Lincs".

Essex Police said initially on Facebook: "A flight from Krakow to Dublin was diverted to Stansted Airport at around 6.40pm on Monday 13 July due to reports of a security alert.

"The plane is currently at the airport and officers are making enquiries.

Airways Magazine reported that the aircraft had been “squawking [transponder code] 7700, which represents a general emergency and not 7500, which is designated for hijacking and other terrorist incidents.”

Essex man Andy Kirby shared footage of the Typhoons scrambling tonight, saying on Twitter: “Looks like two eurofighters? Circling Stansted Airport.”

In line with Stansted's procedures in such circumstances, emergency crews were on standby ahead of the Ryanair's arrival.

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