UK military jet intercepts Kenya Airways over potential threat
UK military jet has intercepted Kenya Airways KQ100 plane in London after detecting a potential threat.
Reports indicate the plane which departed the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Thursday morning was to land at London Heathrow and diverted to London Stansted Airport.
In response to the interception, KQ stated that it received an alert of a potential security threat on board KQ100 operating from Nairobi to London Heathrow.
“KQ management, in conjunction with the security 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,” KQ stated in a press release shared on its social media pages.
KQ maintained that they prioritise the safety of their customers.
The Daily Mail were the first to report the incident with reports indicating heavy police presence at the Stansted Airport.
Section of the UK media also reported that a bomb squad were also at the scene.
“Queues are beginning to form at Stansted as flights are being held due to this developing incident. No official confirmation as of yet, but nothing is going in or out of Stansted at this time,” read the report by aviation news site Aviation Source.
According to Essex police also confirmed the incident maintaining that they were attending to the security concern.