Egyptair flight MS985 from Cairo to New York has been diverted to Prestwick Airport in Scotland.

Egyptair flight MS985
Egyptair MS985 – screenshot –

News agencies are reporting that security forces are attending after a passenger discovered a letter onboard threatening to blow up the aircraft. The MOD has confirmed that RAF fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane down.

Egyptair Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft

The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, registration SU-GDO and using  callsign MSR985, issued a 7700 emergency squawk  over the North Sea before diverting to Prestwick, landing at 14:30. The airport is operating normally.

The flight had departed Cairo International Airport , Egypt and was expected in New York at 15:15 local time.

You can replay the event here on via this playback link.

Boeing 777-300ER
The aircraft involved in the incident – SU-GDO – photo © Stephen Morris –

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