Due to a security issue, a Kenya Airways flight was diverted to London Stansted Airport

On October 12, 2023, a Kenya Airways flight bound for London's Heathrow Airport was intercepted by fighter jets and diverted to land at Stansted Airport due to a potential security issue. The flight, #KQ100, was en route from Nairobi to London Heathrow when it was diverted to London Stansted³. The Boeing 787-8 landed at 15:54 BST at London Stansted due to a security matter. A London Stansted spokeswoman said the Boeing 787 “landed safely with Essex Police in attendance”.


Upon landing, the aircraft was escorted to a remote parking stand with normal flight operations now continuing. Pictures on social media showed an armed officer on board as well as officers outside the plane. 

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A spokesperson for Essex County Fire and Rescue said eight crews were in attendance at the airport. After the incident, a spokesperson for Essex Police later said: "Officers have established there is nothing of concern on board a flight diverted to Stansted Airport". This statement reassured passengers and the public that there was no immediate threat.


The incident highlights the importance of security measures in aviation. While it may have caused some inconvenience for passengers, the swift response by authorities ensured their safety. It's a reminder that in today's world, security threats must be taken seriously and handled promptly.

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