Two men have been arrested after British warplanes were scrambled yesterday evening after a bomb threat on a flight into Dublin Airport.
The Ryanair jet coming from Poland was diverted to Stansted Airport under escort yesterday evening.
The five o'clock Ryanair flight from Krakow to Dublin was cruising over the North Sea yesterday evening when a suspicious note was found in a toilet.
It claimed there were explosives on board.
At twenty to seven, the pilot declared an emergency to British Air Traffic Controllers.
Two Eurofighter Typhoon jets from an RAF base in Lincolnshire took off to intercept the airliner and escorted it to Stansted Airport.
Passengers were all safely taken off the plane by nine o'clock yesterday.
The aircraft was held at a remote stand last night as Essex Police carried out inquiries.
Police in the UK say the pair are being questioned on the suspicion of making threats to endanger an aircraft.
In a statement last night, Ryanair said:
"A Ryanair flight from Krakow to Dublin this evening (13 JUL) discovered a note in one of the toilets that involved a potential security threat on board.
The captain followed procedure by alerting the UK authorities and diverted to the nearest airport (Stansted) where the plane landed normally but was taxied to a remote stand where passengers disembarked safely.
The aircraft and passengers are being checked by the UK police who will decide when they may travel onwards to Dublin on a spare aircraft. Passengers in Dublin waiting to depart to Krakow are being transferred to a spare aircraft to minimise any delay to their flight.
Ryanair apologises sincerely for the delay and inconvenience caused to those affected by this diversion".