Manchester Airport: RAF Typhoon jets escort Oslo service into airport following loss of communications

The Scandinavian Airlines service needed assistance during the final part of its journey.
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A Norwegian plane has been escorted into Manchester Airport following a loss of communications. The aircraft needed help landing from RAF planes shortly before 1pm on Monday (February 5). 

Communications were lost on the aircraft from Oslo due to a technical fault. As a result, the RAF Typhoon jets were scrambled to escort the plane, a Scandinavian Airlines service, into Manchester.  

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The Ministry of Defence confirmed that Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire met with the aircraft. Communications were later restored on the flight.  

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft were launched this afternoon from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft that had lost communications. Subsequently, communications were re-established, the aircraft was intercepted and safely escorted to Manchester."

An RAF Typhoon jet takes off An RAF Typhoon jet takes off
An RAF Typhoon jet takes off

Manchester Airport confirmed that as the flight was destined for the airport no passengers have been displaced. However, extra staff have been put on to support any passengers in need of help.  

A Scandinavian Airlines spokesperson said: "Flight SK4609 from Oslo to Manchester this afternoon underwent an escorted landing in response to a brief and temporary loss of communication. A standard procedure was initiated but there was never any danger to the flight or its passengers.

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"The flight landed safely in Manchester and the departing passengers are about to take off to Oslo. An investigation has been launched and the matter is being handled by relevant authorities as per standard procedures and we cannot comment any further."

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