The Royal Airforce has confirmed that a Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire intercepted a civilian aircraft that had lost communications over the North Sea this morning (07/03).

The aircraft, a private Saab 340, landed at Birmingham Airport at around 7:30AM. A number of planes were reported to have been diverted to make way for the plane as it landed.

A spokesperson from The Royal Airforce, said: “We can confirm that Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby, Lincs 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.”

A spokeperson from A Ministry of Defence, added: “In accordance with normal operating procedures the aircraft was intercepted by military jets on arrival into UK airspace and was escorted up to its scheduled arrival into Birmingham.”

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