Update 10/21/15 12:59 ESTUSAFE reports the pilot of the aircraft was killed. The F-18 was one of six transiting from Bahrain to Miramar. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the pilot’s family and friends.
A US military fighter jet is down in the UK. Preliminary reports say it is a USMC F-18.
Sky News reports British Police have arrested three men on an Emirates flight after an alleged bomb threat.
Emirates released this update regarding flight EK004:
Following remarks made as the EK004 prepared to depart London Heathrow for Dubai yesterday evening (Friday), crew alerted the Metropolitan Police who subsequently boarded the aircraft and detained three passengers.
All 331 passengers subsequently disembarked as police undertook security precautions. Due to operational restrictions, the flight has been rescheduled and will now depart at 1500 hrs. Emirates has provided overnight hotel accommodation for the passengers affected.
The safety and security of all our passengers is paramount. We apologise to the inconvenience to our passengers.
The Ministry of Defence confirms that “a Tornado F3 aircraft from RAF Leuchars crashed at approximately 1145hrs today, Thursday 2 July 2009, during a routine training flight in Glen Kinglas, Argyll.”
The Ministry of Defence has just announced that the aircrew died in the crash:
It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of two RAF aircrew from 43 Squadron, RAF Leuchars, in a Tornado F3 crash today, Thursday 2 July 2009.
The aircraft crashed during a routine training flight at 1145hrs at Glen Kinglas in Argyll, Scotland.
The next of kin have been informed and have requested a period of grace before further details are released.
An MOD spokesman said:
“At the moment our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and colleagues of the two aircrew who lost their lives today. I would ask that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.”
Condolences to the family and friends of the flight crew.
Anti-Semitism never really died after the Holocaust, it just became unfashionable. That is no longer the case. In the wake of the Gaza War and with the global economy in a tailspin, disturbing events have been occurring in Britain – events that do not bode well either for the future of British Jewry or for the future of British democracy.