British air force compels errant Latvian cargo plane to land

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Amidst the scramblings of NATO and allied Nordic state jets in the skies above the Baltic, North Sea and Atlantic Ocean Wednesday, an Antonov cargo plane belonging to Latvian airline RAF-Avia strayed into British airspace while flying from France and was forced to land by Royal Air Force jets at Stansted airport for investigation by law enforcement authorities.

According to a recording obtained by Sky News television channel, the warning issued to the Latvian cargo plane threatened to shoot it down upon its unauthorized entry into British airspace.

Residents of Kent reported a sonic boom as two RAF Typhoon jets scrambled to intercept and escort the plane down to Stansted, where police investigators searched the plane without finding anything suspicious. The plane was allowed to continue its flight.


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