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Air India plane makes emergency landing in UK after bomb threat

Christian Fernsby |
An Air India passenger plane flying to the United States was escorted by British fighter jets to land in London after a hoax bomb threat.

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An Air India official said flight AI 191 from Mumbai to Newark had made a precautionary landing at London Stansted Airport after a hoax telephone call was made to Mumbai airport.

The official told Reuters there was no security threat.

Britain scrambled Typhoon fighters at supersonic speed to intercept the Boeing 777-337 and safely escorted it to Stansted, which briefly closed its runway.

The Air India plane was directed to an isolated stand with police in attendance.

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