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RAF jet 'threatens to shoot down' cargo plane in Kent

A Royal Air Force fighter jet apparently threatened to "shoot down" a Latvian cargo plane after it lost contact with air traffic controllers above Kent.

Two RAF Typhoons scrambled to intercept the Russian-made aircraft, breaking the sound barrier and creating a sonic boom.

They escorted the plane to Stansted Airport, where it was surrounded by police officers as it landed at 17:15GMT.

An airport spokesman said officers were later stood down and the cargo craft was allowed to continue its journey.

Robert Pigott reports.

  • 29 Oct 2014
  • From the section UK
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