Mikec From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 247 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2510 times:
I was at STN catching some departures when it happened. I wasn't in a position to get a decent shot of the TOM 737, but I did take a heavily zoomed one with the sun on the wrong side through the fence as it vacated 05. Seeing the Tornados above was pretty unnerving.
From the time stamp on my camera, the TOM 737 landed at 1949 and there wasn't a single movement afterwards until 2007
TZ From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2003, 1085 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2022 times:
Safely on the ground, with the passengers being bussed away. The area was cleared shortly after, in case they needed to perform a "contolled explosion". The Torndaos were cool, but sadly no picture. Sorry!
Tamsin (a.net screening crew)
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Trekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1985 times:
Saw a clip of it on the news.
I just love the news. They were showing a very nice looking FED EX plane being loaded,with a quick shot of a Air2000 plane landing on a runway, followed by a Ryanair taking off. Not oneclip of the plane being mentuioned in the story AT ALL
SamL From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1968 times:
Can someone explain to me what the point is of scrambling an RAF plane to "escort" the plane down? I'm sure there is a reason I just can seem to fathom it myself at the moment. Is it purely for show or does it have some practical purpose? Maybe in case the pilot suddenly tries to fly into central London I guess the plane could be shot down.
Does anyone know what orders are given to the RAF pilots or indeed the airforces from other countries when they do this sort of thing?