RyanAir flight escorted under threat

There’s not much detail on this yet, but the BBC report that a RyanAir flight from Paris to Dublin has landed at Prestwick Airport, in Ayrshire Scotland, under escort by Tornado fighter aircraft, after what’s described as a “threat to the flight”. The airport has been closed as a result and a temporary 25 mile air exclusion zone was enforced until the flight landed.

  • Páid

    What’s the betting O’Leary charges extra to get the passengers back to Dublin?

  • And a ‘drama’ surcharge.

  • When you’re a sidewinder away from oblivion you can fly on pucker power alone.

  • ingram

    Hi,

    Quote”A “fighter escort” then accompanied the aircraft onto the ground at Prestwick.

    An Irish Airline going to an Irish destination needed to be escorted by British military WHY? Cos the Irish do not have any? still looks like having a big brother next door has some advantages.

    A sort of Joint Authority at work.

    Marty

  • Bill

    lol would the Brits actually allow the Irish to operate military jets? I’d dont think they’d like their closest neighbour to have that sort of hardware anyway,

  • manichaeism

    What nonsense Ingram. The aircraft was in British airspace when they received the threat. Even if we were armed to the teeth like the aggressive British we couldn’t have flown into British airspace.

  • ingram

    Manichaeism,

    Sorry if I offended you , but I was just being flippant.A bit naughty of me , sorry.

    Martin

  • The Devil

    Well if there was a problem on board and the plane needed to be stormed, Ryanair only had to dress it in an Orange Sash and park it in O’Connell street.

  • The Devil

    Strange but I was just thinking if the plane had been full of English passengers would they have sent it the whole way to Scotland.

    Just how many airports are there in England and Wales

  • ingram

    The Devil,

    Quote”Strange but I was just thinking if the plane had been full of English passengers would they have sent it the whole way to Scotland.

    No way, that place is out of bounds to the English, they have loads of old sick birds up there.

  • One day an Englishman, a Scotsman, and an Irishman got onto a flight together…

    The thing is, the majority of the flight was French…they took 2.5 hours to get the people off the plane!

    The note was scribbled into the on-flight magazine, so surely they just need to find out the seat number, and find out who was sitting there on the last flight. Pity they don’t allocate passengers seats…

  • mark

    ‘The note was scribbled into the on-flight magazine, so surely they just need to find out the seat number, and find out who was sitting there on the last flight. Pity they don’t allocate passengers seats…’

    They collect the magazines at the end of each flight and redistribute (no seat flap in front for literature on Ryan). You’d have to finger-print every flyer from previous flights.

    I’ll remember this tactic next time I have a no compensation several hour delay on RyanAir -good – write on the magazine and the no compensation or explanation delay will cost them more than it did me, for a change. Simple, easy, cost free revenge. Feck RyanAir.

  • The flight was over UK airspace so it was fitting and necessary that they respond.

    The Irish air corps could not do more than ram the 737 given the time constraints. The Swiss twoseater trainers they fly have hard points and have the necessary speed and ceiling to catch Fat Albert but it would be unlikely that they could scramble one armed sortie for an air to air engagement in the time needed ………. if they had the avionics mounted and working.

    Otherwise they could always blaze away with granddad’s old trusty IRA Webley.

  • ingram

    Quote”The Irish air corps could not do more than ram the 737 given the time constraints. The Swiss twoseater trainers they fly have hard points and have the necessary speed and ceiling to catch Fat Albert but it would be unlikely that they could scramble one armed sortie for an air to air engagement in the time needed ………. if they had the avionics mounted and working

    Classic LOL