Dramatic pictures show a Spanish F18 warplane flying close alongside the Airbus A319 much to the shock of holidaymakers.And it’s now emerged the security alert was sparked by a Brit holidaymaker, 18, who allegedly made a bomb threat on board.
He was last night facing a potential bill running into the thousands after being arrested by police. The plane touched down and specialist officers and sniffer dogs boarded to check out the aircraft.
The idiot teen is acknowledged to have been part of a group of friends who had traveled to the Mediterranean holiday island for a celebration.
He is expected to face a large compensation bill which could include the charges of the police operation and the scrambling of the military jet. Police sources proved he was likely to have to pick up the tab for the police operation if he were convicted. Passengers were reportedly kept on the tarmac for four hours while the plane was checked out.
Footage shared on social media shows the fighter jet – the same plane which Tom Cruise flies in Top Gun – next to the passenger jet’s distinctly orange liveried wing.
The video – which has been 51,000 times on Twitter – shows the pilot tipping his wings at the EasyJet plane – a symbol understood by pilots to mean “follow me”.
The plane landed around 30 min late after the mid-air drama.
And the incident reportedly led to a Ryanair plane going two and half hours late to London. A spokesman for the Civil Guard approved today: “The Civil Guard has arrested an 18-year-old British national as the alleged author of a crime of public disorder in Mahon in Menorca.
“Yesterday, the control tower at Menorca Airport was alerted to a bomb threat on a plane heading from London to the island capital Mahon which was still in the air and around the airport.
“The threat was told to have been sent on a social media platform.
“Once the plane landed it was taken to a place away from the main airport and other aircraft. “The Civil Guard arranged a special operation which consisted of mobilizing bomb disposal experts as well as sniffer dogs and other officers who created a safe perimeter near the plane.
“The passengers were disembarked and set protocol followed until police were able to confirm it was a false bomb threat and the person responsible was identified on social media along with five other companions as witnesses. “They were carried to a police station so officers could clarify the situation.”
It was not instantly clear today if the unknown teenager has already occurred before a judge in a closed court hearing and where he is now.
EasyJet confirm the incident when contacted by The Sun Online.
A spokesman stated: “EasyJet can confirm flight EZY8303 from London Gatwick to Menorca was escorted by military aircraft while landing in Menorca and delayed disembarking due to precautionary security checks. “The passengers have since disembarked.
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“The safety and security of its passengers and crew is always easyJet’s most increased priority and we would like to thank passengers for their knowledge.”
F18s are some of the most recognizable planes in the world gratitude to their starring role in Top Gun. The jets are operated by the US Marine Corps, the Spanish Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Finnish Air Force – among others.
Crewed by one pilot, they are capable of supersonic speeds up to 1,190mph and flying at 40,000ft. And they are bristling with weapons, armed with a Vulcan 6-barrel cannon while being capable of carrying air-to-air missiles, anti-ship missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and a payload of bombs. Fighter jets follow strict guidelines when they intercept civilian planes – with the rules stating two jets must approach the aircraft.
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European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rules tell that fighter jets should only intercept civilian plans as a “last resort”.One of the warplanes then pulls alongside while the second fighter hangs back behind the passenger jet’s tail. The pilots create visual contact and rock their wings to acknowledge the intercept.
And then the civilian plane will follow the warplane to a nearby airport – which in this case was Menorca. Sun Online has contacted the Spanish Ministry of Defence for comment.
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