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British Fighter Jets Launch to Escort Newark-Bound Air India Flight After ‘Security Alert' Prompts Emergency Landing

What to Know

  • An Air India flight from Mumbai to Newark made an emergency landing at London's Stansted Airport Thursday morning
  • Britain's Royal Air Force confirmed that fighter jets were launched to intercept and escort the plane
  • It's not clear exactly what happened -- Air India said there had been a threat, then deleted the tweet mentioning one

Britain's Royal Air Force fighter jets escorted an Air India flight bound for Newark to a safe emergency landing at London's Stansted Airport after an unspecified security alert Thursday morning, authorities and the airline said. 

Air India flight 191, traveling from Mumbai to New Jersey, landed safely after being diverted around 5:15 a.m. The Boeing 777 was parked on an isolated stand far from the airport's normal operations. 

All 327 passengers were taken off the plane and were "served snacks and other beverages," said Dhananjay Kumar, a spokesman for Air India.

The airline initially tweeted that the landing was due to a threat, then deleted the post. The flight had been scheduled to arrive at Newark just after 9 a.m., according to FlightAware data. 

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