RAF fighters intercept flight from Bucharest, escort it to Birmingham

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RAF Fighter jets have been scrambled from Coninsby airbase to intercept a plane from Bucharest and escort it to Birmingham Airport.

Typhoon planes were deployed from the air base Tuesday morning along with Belgian F-16 fighter jets, according to radar tracking service Airlive, mirror.uk.co reports.

The plane, believed to be a Saab 340, was intercepted over the North Sea after it departed from the Romanian capital at around 1.30am. It landed at Birmingham Airport just before 7.30am.

MoD officials confirmed aircraft was sent from RAF Coningsby, an air base in Lincolnshire, after a civilian plane lost communications.

A witness captured planes as they flew over Milton Keynes while another man photographed two Typhoon jets overhead in Rutland.

An RAF Spokesperson said: “The Royal Airforce can confirm that Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby were launched this morning by Quick Reaction Alert mission to intercept a civilian aircraft that had lost communications. The Aircraft was safely escorted to Birmingham International Airport.”

Quick Reaction Alert missions are triggered by the RAF to intercept unidentified aircraft which may have lost contact with air traffic control, have no flight plan or that have failed to transmit a surveillance radar code, the source informs.

Typhoon squadrons are scrambled from RAF bases in Coningsby, Lossiemouth in Scotland and the Falkland Islands and remain on standby 24/7 to take off within minutes.

According to realitatea.net the plane which took off from Bucharest is owned by a Hungarian company and had lost radio contact with the air traffic controllers.


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