In Summary

  • The Kenya Airways Boeing 787 was diverted into London Stansted
  • It had been due to land at Heathrow Airport from Nairobi.
  • Royal airforce jet escorted the KQ aircraft

A British fighter jet intercepted a Kenya Airways plane flying from Nairobi to London on Thursday, amid a security scare.

The plane was diverted to Stansted Airport.

The Royal Air Force fighter jet, which was deployed from a nearby military base in London, escorted the Kenya Airways 787 aircraft as it was approaching London Heathrow Airport.

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KQ Issues A Statement



Confirming the incident, Kenya Airways said the KQ Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner was en route from Nairobi to London Heathrow

“Headquarters received an alert of a potential security threat on board KQ100 operating from Nairobi to London Heathrow” read the statement partially

KQ management in conjunction with the authorities of the government of Kenya and the United Kingdom carried out a thorough risk assessment of the threat.

“The crew onboard were briefed, and all safety and security precautions were taken to ensure the safety and security of our crew and passengers on board.

“The aircraft landed safely at Stansted Airport, London for security clearance by UK government security personnel.”

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Why Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport is located in the northeastern region of Central London, England.

It is the designated airport in the UK for handling security issues, as it allows for swift deployment of crucial resources and isolation of potential risks.

Essex Police were called to the airport and the aircraft landed safely.

A spokesperson for the force said: “We are currently attending an incident at Stansted Airport

The incident has been “stood down” and flights are operating as normal, a spokesperson for the airport said.


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