RAF jets divert Pakistani aircraft to Stanstead.

sgtpepperband

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#7
If you wanted a light-hearted banter based "discussion" about zoomies, then it should've been posted in Lil's/Quarterdeck. As it is in CA I was expecting a serious debate. Too much to ask for, I suppose... :oops:
 
#8
Just out of interest, if the plane refused to land what would the crabs have done?

I assume the plan was to blast it if it was another 9/11.
 
#9
Hmm, a potential terrorist incident averted and you lot are having an "RAF v FAA" pissing contest..?! :roll:
At time of posting..........if you read the link.........The BBC report said it understood the incident was not terror related.
Sorry if I posted in wrong forum, but it was breaking news at the time and deemed to be current affairs.
 
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As you say FD, it wasn't terror related and the BeeB was reporting it this afternoon more as a pair of exuberant pax rather than a serious risk of terror. The fact that 'endangerment of the aircraft' was stated and I imagine the pilot of a PIA aircraft declared a 'Pan' call the UK defence system swung into action and the automatic response would be to deploy fighters I would have thought.

If a serious threat to life existed, a diversion to a RAF airfield with an armed presence inside the MOD estate would have provided a safer solution rather than land at a major civil airfield.

Hope that response makes up for my inter service banter earlier. (TBH - never saw in was posted in CA).
 

sgtpepperband

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...If a serious threat to life existed, a diversion to a RAF airfield with an armed presence inside the MOD estate would have provided a safer solution rather than land at a major civil airfield...
Not as simple as that; not all RAF air stations are able to take all sizes of aircraft, in particular passenger jets. Plus, there are contingents of SF/firearms hostage negotiation personnel at dedicated airports for such eventualities: Stansted (in the South) and Leuchars (in the North) so easier to divert the aircraft to where those Teams are located, minimising the risk to the general public and other non-essential personnel, rather than keeping it airborne waiting for a suitable airfield.
 
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Not as simple as that; not all RAF air stations are able to take all sizes of aircraft, in particular passenger jets. Plus, there are contingents of SF/firearms hostage negotiation personnel at dedicated airports for such eventualities: Stansted (in the South) and Leuchars (in the North) so easier to divert the aircraft to where those Teams are located, minimising the risk to the general public and other non-essential personnel, rather than keeping it airborne waiting for a suitable airfield.
More than aware, there are airfields known as MDA's or Master Diversion Airfields, they are specifically chosen because of their navigation aids and they are large enough to take most 'heavy' air traffic.
 

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