RAF scrambles two fighter jets to intercept Latvian cargo plane over London


Blackleaf
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Two RAF Typhoons were yesterday scrambled to intercept a Latvian cargo plane that had veered off course over London, causing a terror alert.

The fighter jets flew from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire to Kent within minutes to halt the plane, which was on its way to Birmingham Airport, after it 'caused concern' to air traffic controllers.

The swoop, which resulted in the Lativan-registered plane being grounded at London Stansted Airport, sparked a massive sonic boom which was heard across a 50-mile radius.

Soon after the incident, chilling audio emerged appearing to show one of the RAF pilots warning, in a very polite, British manner, the three-man crew on board the foreign plane to listen to military instructions or risk being 'shot down'.

An aviation expert said controllers 'probably knew' what the aircraft was - but that nobody would be prepared to take any chances in case it was 'another 9/11 on the Houses of Parliament'.

In the audio footage - which has not been verified - a man is heard saying: 'I’m instructed by Her Majesty’s government of the United Kingdom to warn you if you do not respond you will be shot down’.

The sound clip - which claims to be the voice of a pilot from one of the RAF planes - was published on social media by Twitter user @RAFConingsbyInfo, an account which is not officially connected to the airbase.

'You will be shot down': What RAF typhoon pilot told Latvian cargo plane after it sparked terror alert by veering off course over London forcing fighter jets to scramble

Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, this afternoon
A Latvian-registered plane was intercepted over Kent after 'causing concern'
Flight mapping specialists said plane took unexpected detour over London
Fighters escorted Russian made Antonov An-26 cargo airliner into Stansted
Audio emerged afterwards appearing to show RAF pilot speaking to crew
It said: ‘If you do not respond immediately to orders you will be shot down’
MoD refused to comment on clip, which is doing rounds on social media
Aviation expert said response was 'in case of another 9/11 of Parliament'
Essex police spokesman said incident was due to a 'loss of communication'
Incident created a dramatic sonic boom, heard across a 50-mile radius
Explosion-like sound reported across Kent, Sussex, Hertfordshire and Essex

By Steph Cockroft and Lucy Crossley for MailOnline
29 October 2014
Daily Mail

Two RAF fighters which scrambled across Britain to intercept a foreign aircraft apparently warned the plane would be 'shot down', after it sparked a terror alert by taking an unscheduled detour over London.

The Typhoons from RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, flew to Kent, south east England, at supersonic speeds to dramatically halt the plane, on its way to Birmingham Airport, after it 'caused concern' to air traffic controllers.

The swoop, which resulted in the Lativan-registered plane being grounded at London Stansted airport, sparked a massive sonic boom which was heard across a 50-mile radius.

Soon after the incident, chilling audio emerged appearing to show one of the RAF pilots warning the three-man crew on board the foreign plane to listen to military instructions or risk being 'shot down'.



A Russian made Antonov An-26 cargo airliner (pictured) was escorted into Stansted Airport while flying over London after 'causing concern' to British air traffic controllers this afternoon

VIDEO

"You will be shot down": What RAF Typhoon told Latvian cargo plane after it sparked terror alert by veering off course over London:

Warning from RAF typhoon to MITAVIA1605 - YouTube

An aviation expert said controllers 'probably knew' what the aircraft was - but that nobody would be prepared to take any chances in case it was 'another 9/11 on the Houses of Parliament'.

In the audio footage - which has not been verified - a man is heard saying: 'I’m instructed by Her Majesty’s government of the United Kingdom to warn you if you do not respond you will be shot down’.

The sound clip - which claims to be the voice of a pilot from one of the RAF planes - was published on social media by Twitter user @RAFConingsbyInfo, an account which is not officially connected to the airbase.

The Ministry of Defence refused to comment on whether or not the clip was legitimate.

The drama unfolded after the flight, which took off from Italy this morning, took an unprecedented detour when it approached London.

Flight mapping experts said it flew towards the centre of the capital, prompting the fighter jets to be launched from the airbase 160 miles away.

The planes were part of the Quick Reaction Alert system, which is designed to respond to 'aviation security incidents'.

Aviation expert David Learmount, the Operations & Safety Editor at Flightglobal, said such incidents only happen in a 'minute' proportion of flights but trigger a dramatic response because of the possibility of a terror-related incident.

He said it was now confirmed that the aircraft had dialled into the wrong frequency when trying to contact UK airspace. But nobody would have wanted to take any chances at the time, he said.

He told MailOnline: 'They probably know who is in the airspace, but nobody is going to take any chances.

'In these instances, it's most likely that the wrong frequency has been dialled into - which happened in this case - but there is another possibility; the possibility that there is a hijacker hiding down the back of the plane, who has decided: "I am going to do another 9/11 on the Houses on Parliament".

'The RAF was reacting against this threat, which is normal when an ordinary flight with a flight plan suddenly goes incommunicado and they don't know why.

VIDEO

Typhoons scramble as sonic boom was heard across Kent:

Typhoons Scramble As Sonic Boom Was Heard Across Kent - YouTube


The flight, pictured grounded at the airport, was on its way to Birmingham airport when it was intercepted

'They have to assume the worst - especially if its did end up heading towards Buckingham Palace or Houses of Parliament.'

He added: 'The RAF is certainly not going to wittingly shoot down the flight with passengers unless convinced they would die in a terrorist attack.'

A Stansted airport spokesman confirmed the aircraft had lost communications with air traffic controllers, leading to the interception over Sevenoaks, Kent.

The aircraft - a Russian made Antonov An-26 cargo airliner - was deemed safe by officials after it was checked. It is due to continue its flight to Birmingham later this evening.

The Latvian company RAF-Avia, which operated the plane, said the plane had been on a routine flight when the pilots lost communication with air traffic control when it arrived in UK airspace.

The plane, which was carrying automotive equipment, had taken off at 11am from Toscara in Italy, before landing in Vatry in France and then continuing its journey to the UK.




This shows the flight path of the plane, which appeared to take a dramatic detour as it crossed London


Two Typhoon jets were deployed from RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire (file pic) after fears were sparked

The spokesman said it was 'probably some kind of malfunction or some emergency situation'.

This afternoon's incident triggered a huge explosion-like sound, which stretched across Kent, West Sussex and as far away as Hertfordshire and Essex.

After the incident, the RAF tweeted: 'Apologies if we startled you during the successful intercept this afternoon - we only go supersonic over land when absolutely necessary.'

Twitter users from as far away as Dover on the south coast and Otford, in neighbouring West Sussex, tweeted about hearing the huge noise and windows shaking.

Paul Dunlop tweeted: 'Jesus - Massive explosion-like noise heard down here in Sevenoaks. Whole house shook. Can see people saying they heard it across Kent.'

Cleyton Tierney wrote: 'Huge bang shook the house, no idea what that was. Anyone else hear/feel it?'

Ben Basten added: 'Who else felt the earth move and huge explosion in Kent 5 minutes ago? Is the world coming to an end? My house rocked.'



Two RAF fighters triggered a massive sonic boom across Kent this afternoon when they intercepted a foreign aircraft. Pictured: Stansted

An RAF spokesman said: 'Typhoon aircraft were launched this afternoon from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft south of London which was causing concern to air traffic control authorities.

'The aircraft was safely escorted to London Stansted. To fulfill their quick reaction role the Typhoons were cleared to travel at supersonic speed, any noise disturbance as a result of this is regretted. Essex Police now have the lead.'

The spokesman added that the jets were on their way back to RAF Coningsby around ten minutes later.

Stansted Airport confirmed that the jets accompanied the plane to their airport, but have not revealed why.

Kent Police confirmed the noise was created by RAF activity.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: 'Military jets were deployed on a precautionary basis when a Latvian registered cargo plane was diverted to Stansted.

'This was due to a loss of communication with the aircraft. The aircraft landed safely at Stansted airport at around 5.20pm.

'All three people who were on board have been spoken to by police, it was established that everything was in order and reason for the short loss of communication was due to a change in airspace jurisdiction.

'Essex Police is not investigating the incident and the aircraft will be able to continue its journey to Birmingham when it is ready.'

According to the company's website, RAF-AVIA, which was set up in 1990, transports 'all kinds of dangerous goods', including radioactive materials.

A sonic boom is the sound associated with the shockwaves created when an object, such as an aircraft, breaks the sound barrier.

In April, 2012, a massive sonic boom was heard across five counties from Somerset to Oxfordshire after two fighter jets were scrambled to help a helicopter, after its pilot accidentally emitted an emergency signal.


Read more: RAF pilot told Latvian plane 'you will be shot down' after veering over London | Daily Mail Online
Last edited by Blackleaf; Oct 30th, 2014 at 08:35 AM..
 
DaSleeper
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Blackleaf
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captain morgan
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Spitfire is the slang word for herpes
 
Blackleaf
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Dambusters main theme song / tune / anthem / soundtrack - YouTube
 
captain morgan
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Thought you might be interested in a photo of the Canadians that were the actual dambusters.

 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

Thought you might be interested in a photo of the Canadians that were the actual dambusters.


That's one air crew.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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It's amazing that the limp-wristed sons of the great heroes of the RAF can take on an unarmed turboprop cargo plane in two fighter jets without soiling themselves.

Hmm. . . on the other hand, we have no report on the state of their diapers.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

Thought you might be interested in a photo of the Canadians that were the actual dambusters.

Looks like we have another case of someone who believes that every major operation of WWII involved mainly Canadians. Talk about romanticised brainwashing. Do you really get taught these things at school?

Thirty Canadians took part in the Dambusters raid (using Barnes Wallis's ingenious bouncing bombs), out of a total of almost 150 men.

Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

It's amazing that the limp-wristed sons of the great heroes of the RAF can take on an unarmed turboprop cargo plane in two fighter jets without soiling themselves.

Hmm. . . on the other hand, we have no report on the state of their diapers.

They're brave lads. The RAF is the best in the world, just as the British Army and the Royal Navy are. The British airman, soldier and sailor are the bravest and the best in the world. They're a lot braver than you are.
 
petros
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big deal. we chase off Russians daily
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

big deal. we chase off Russians daily


It was a Latvian plane.
 
petros
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Quote:

A Russian made Antonov An-26 cargo airliner

Ukrainian.
 
Cannuck
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Quote:

They're a lot braver than you are.

I'm not so sure about that. It is possible but I don't think I've ever seen Tecumseh cowering outside a Medicine Hat bar after being taught a lesson in manners. Have you ever been to The Hat Tecumseh?
 
petros
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How many times has that happened to you?
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

I'm not so sure about that. It is possible but I don't think I've ever seen Tecumseh cowering outside a Medicine Hat bar after being taught a lesson in manners. Have you ever been to The Hat Tecumseh?

No, I haven't. Still mean to take it in. Cool name.

I used to hang out with the Royal Irish Rangers at the NAAFI in West Berlin. They were a bunch of wild men for sure.
 
petros
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The Hat is a f-cking sh-t hole in the desert.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

It was a Latvian plane.

Yes, much more fierce than the Russians, those Latvians.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

I'm not so sure about that. It is possible but I don't think I've ever seen Tecumseh cowering outside a Medicine Hat bar after being taught a lesson in manners. Have you ever been to The Hat Tecumseh?


I am. British armed service personnel are not only the BEST in the world but they're also the bravest.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

The Hat is a f-cking sh-t hole in the desert.

Still got a cool name.
 
petros
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Take your meds or sober up or both.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Take your meds or sober up or both.

Can I take my meds and keep on drinking? Might could get some interesting cumulatives.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Still got a cool name.

It's the bad kind of medicine.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

It's the bad kind of medicine.

Nothing like some bad medicine to kick-start the weekend.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

I used to hang out with the Royal Irish Rangers at the NAAFI in West Berlin. They were a bunch of wild men for sure.

We need wild men in the British Army. In fact, it often recruits violent thugs who have spent years taking part in violent gang battles on the streets of our major cities or mugging 20st nightclub bouncers. British Army soldiers are usually battle-hardened people you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley right from the moment they join up. As Wellington pointed out, the British Army recruits violent scum fresh from the streets, so it's been happening at least 200 years.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

We need wild men in the British Army.

Good thing you've got Ireland, Scotland, and Wales to provide them for you.
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

The Hat is a f-cking sh-t hole in the desert.

...says the guy living in Regina.

Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

I am. British armed service personnel are not only the BEST in the world but they're also the bravest.

Must be the worst of the worst that come over to train at BATUS.

Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

British Army soldiers are usually battle-hardened people you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley right from the moment they join up.

That's odd because I saw one get a beat down by an Alberta cowgirl that weighed maybe 120 pounds. Bloodied him pretty good.

Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

No, I haven't. Still mean to take it in. Cool name.

City of Medicine Hat : What's in a Name
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

That's odd because I saw one get a beat down by an Alberta cowgirl that weighed maybe 120 pounds. Bloodied him pretty good.

Yep. The Royal Irish Rangers used to beat the snot out of the Lancashire Lancers and the Grenadier Guards for entertainment.
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Looks like we have another case of someone who believes that every major operation of WWII involved mainly Canadians.

Any effective , major operation involved anyone but the British... And yes, a multiplicity of those operations involved Canadians

Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Thirty Canadians took part in the Dambusters raid (using Barnes Wallis's ingenious bouncing bombs), out of a total of almost 150 men.

Wallis did not invent the bouncing bomb... It's a Canadian innovation that was employed to remove beaver dams. We'd been using that for years before it was in a military application

By the by, the Britons were allocated the responsibility for checking the tire pressure of the planes, fetching coffee and cleaning out the latrines. That doesn't count as dambusting
 

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