No security issue occurred on the intercepted KQ plane according to Kenya Airways management.
Kenya Airways has allayed fears caused by the Royal Air Force (RAF) of the United Kingdom intercepting one of its aircraft on Thursday afternoon.
The Nairobi to Heathrow flight was intercepted by Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter jets and diverted to Stansted Airport over a “potential security threat”.
In an update at 8.30 p.m., the national airline stated that the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner that had been diverted to Stansted Airport from London Heathrow had been given the all-clear to resume its flight.
KQ further stated that the security threat which caused the diversion was of “low credibility”.
“We received a security alert on the 12th Oct 2023 at approximately 10:30 am, from the UK Security agencies. This threat has since been established to have low credibility,” said the airline in a statement.
It added: “The aircraft landed safely at London Stansted Airport, the incident has been stood down and the airport is open and is operating as normal. The security agencies cleared the aircraft and will be departing for London Heathrow to resume normal operations.”
In a comprehensive statement, Kenya Airways has offered to provide psychological support to passengers and crew affected by the incident.
“We sincerely regret the inconvenience to our passengers and crew and would like to thank them for their patience… We will provide any necessary counseling support and will communicate directly to our passengers on how they receive it,” added the statement.
According to the airline, necessary security measures were taken as per the KQ operating manuals.
“The aircraft landed safely at London Stansted Airport, the incident has been stood down and the airport is open and is operating as normal,” the statement read.
KQ said security agencies cleared the aircraft and will be departing for London Heathrow to resume normal operations.
A UK Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “RAF Typhoon fighter aircraft from RAF Coningsby were launched as a precaution this afternoon to investigate a civilian aircraft which was approaching the UK.