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RAF Tornado Doing An Escort?  
User currently offlineLekky-Man From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 371 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

Hi all,

Have heard that an RAF tornado has this evening escorted a Thomsonfly B737 from CVT to somewhere, probably STN.

Anyone have any news of it?

I saw the Tornado go over my house towards CVT and called up a mate who works up there, he said he too saw it and it was doing an escort for this TOM B737.

So guys, what do we have here then?

Cheers all,

LM

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User currently offlineBeany From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2619 times:

This may be the answer you are looking for

http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthr...1ee077d762633f3edf&threadid=177688

http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthr...1ee077d762633f3edf&threadid=177687


User currently offlineLekky-Man From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2577 times:

Yep, Have just heard that a suspect package which no-one could account for was found.

Nothing more as yet.

LM


User currently offlineMikec From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 247 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2492 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

Sorry I couldn't get a better shot:



User currently offlineBondman From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

anyone know what the registration was ??

Thansk Bondy


User currently offlineMikec From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 247 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2010 times:

It was G-THOA

Michael.


User currently offlineTZ From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2003, 1085 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2004 times:
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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!



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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1967 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


User currently offlineSamL From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1950 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?


User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7456 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1928 times:

No it does not figure.

The pilot must know where STN is.

As Prune says, it would make sense for a hijacking. STN seems to be the first preference for divertion, it may be easy to contain.

According to the BBC, it turned out to be a mobile, what did they think that it was?.


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