RAF Typhoons have been scrambled

  Forum Editor 24 May 13
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A report has been made that RAF Typhoons were ordered up to investigate an inbound flight from Lahore that was diverted from Manchester to Stanstead when it was only ten minutes away from touch-down.

There are reports that a 'serious incident on the aircraft' was the cause. The aircraft is now on the ground at Stanstead and two men have been arrested.

I can imagine the tension amongst the passengers when they saw the intercept aircraft through the windows.

  onthelimit1 24 May 13

Nice little jolly for a pair of fast-jet mates before the bar opens for happy hour :-)

  wiz-king 24 May 13

I saw that on the news earlier and hoped they didn't have itchy trigger fingers.

  Flak999 24 May 13

Following Wednesdays events, I am not surprised at the caution of the authorities!

  Al94 24 May 13

Sounds like an over reaction to an argument on board but given the origin of the flight, not a surprise really.

  Forum Editor 24 May 13

Following Wednesdays events, I am not surprised at the caution of the authorities!

It's actually not unusual for Typhoons to be sent up to take a look at an aircraft. Usually it's because of an incorrect response to an ident request, or because there's a troubleson passenger on board.

What was unusual in this case was that the aircraft was well advanced into its final approach into Manchester when it was diverted. It's an indication that the incident, whatever it was, gave the ATC the impression it was serious enough to abort a landing and send the aircraft to Stanstead, which is the UK's designated counter-terrorism airport.

Subsequent reports have confirmed that the cause of the problem was a passenger who was threatening members of the cabin crew.

  Forum Editor 24 May 13

Al94

"...given the origin of the flight, not a surprise really."

Please explain.

  Al94 24 May 13

I would have thought that was obvious given that Pakistan is a hotbed of Radical Islamists.

  spuds 24 May 13
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"I can imagine the tension amongst the passengers when they saw the intercept aircraft through the windows"

I have no need to imagine, try flying over Cuban airspace when a few MIG's are flying very near, and the pilots can actually wave to the passengers. The route- Venezuela to Jamaica or vice versa. Ho happy days.

On those occasions it wasn't tension, but I did often wonder what would have happened, if a wing tip got caught or the pilot had an 'heavy session' the hours before. Or even if the passenger airline pilots lost their nerve. Perhaps another Cuban incident, but it would be to late for the passengers to worry about!.

FE I am surprised that you haven't been involved in something similar on your worldly travels. I was involved with many incidents in my travelling times, but that's past history for me now.

  Forum Editor 24 May 13

spuds

"FE I am surprised that you haven't been involved in something similar on your worldly travels."

No, I've never had a fighter escort. The scariest thing that ever happened to me was frequent landings at the old Hong Kong airport. Making the turn onto the final approach in between blocks of flats was quite something on a windy day. Several times I swear I saw HK residents nervously watching the aircraft as it roared past their balconies.

I did once experience a one-wheel touchdown at Newcastle in the wind and rain when flying the morning shuttle from Heathrow. My Newcastle cab driver said 'that was the hairiest landing I've ever seen'. We came in with one wing well down, and there was an almighty bang as the undercarriage slammed into the runway on one side only. Just the job to get the adrenalin flowing for the morning's meeting with clients.

  spuds 25 May 13

FE- I recall we have had previous forum discussions on 'flying between the houses (flats)' on the old Kai Tak airport route. My main worry on one occasion at Kai Tak was when I thought one of the airplane engines had exploded prior to landing. As it was, it was just a new Boeing model using its air brakes. That was on a flight from Kota Kinabalu (Jesselton) to Hong Kong.

Regarding your wheel incident, then again I can recall something very similar when flying from Cartagena Colombia to Bucaramanga Colombia and the aircraft while in flight suddenly shuddered, and the pilot made an emergency landing on a remote airfield with very few facilities. One of the tyres had burst, and we had to wait well over 6 hours for a spare tyre and complete assembly to arrive, before we were able to complete the flight.

Again- Ho happy days and fond memories.

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