A 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.
Emergency vehicles at the London Stansted Airport where a Kenyan Plane was intercepted on October 12, 2023.
“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 it prioritises the safety of its crew and customers.
UK’s Daily Mail was 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 yet, but nothing is going in or out of Stansted at this time,” read the aviation news site Aviation Source report.
According to Essex Police, they also confirmed the incident, maintaining that they were attending to the security concern.
“We are currently attending an incident at Stansted Airport. A flight travelling from Nairobi to Heathrow was diverted to Stansted this afternoon. The airport remains open.” the police stated.
Authorities are yet to give details of their investigations into the security threat.
KQ plane intercepted by UK military parked at the Stansted Airport in London on October 12, 2023.
Emergency vehicles at the London Stansted Airport on October 12, 2023.