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Air India’s Mumbai-Newark flight AI191 makes precautionary landing in London due to bomb threat, turns out to be hoax

The RAF fighters flew at supersonic speed causing a supersonic boom in the area

An Air India flight from Mumbai to Newark made an emergency landing in London due to a bomb threat. Ait India flight AI191 had taken off from Mumbai at 4.49 AM this morning, but it turned around after over Northern Ireland airspace and made a precautionary landing at the Stansted airport in London at around 10.15 AM local time.

Flight path of AI191 on flightradar24

The Boeing 777-337(ER) headed to Newark airport in New York had taken off more than three hours late, as its scheduled departure time is 1.30 AM. Air India had tweeted about the precautionary landing, but later they deleted the tweet.

Air India’s deleted tweet about AI191

The London Stansted Airport was closed for some time due to the emergency landing and the presence of the fighter planes. The official Twitter handle of the airport later confirmed that the airport was re-opened after the landing of Air India flight.

According to reports, two Typhoon jets of Royal Air Force were scrambled to escort the Air India aircraft. The jets flew at supersonic speed, which caused a loud sonic boom over Derbyshire. The Derbyshire police tweeted to inform that the loud bang that the people might have heard came from the sonic boom of the RAF fighters.

The aircraft has been taken away from normal flight operations and parked on an isolated stand at the airport, and it was being checked by the police. Essex police were at the airport when the flight landed.

Update: According to a Reuters report, an Air India official has said that the bomb threat was a hoax.

The Air India official said that the flight was back in the air after no bomb was found in the plane and the information turned out to be false.

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