Impact: UK deploys fighter jet after commercial plane enters restricted Olympic airspace image

A Typhoon fighter jet was launched after an airplane entered restricted airspace in effect for the London Olympics, Britain’s Ministry of Defence announced.

The RAF jet was launched after air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane.
But contact was soon re-established with the jet and the Typhoon was called back to base.

The Thomas Cook scheduled flight, travelling from Tunisia to Glasgow, sparked the emergency call-out shortly before 11.30am.

‘The flight continued as planned with the aircraft landing as scheduled in Glasgow earlier this afternoon.’

The £125million Typhoon had only left the runway for a few seconds before contact was re-established with the captain and his crew.

The restricted zone, in operation from midnight tonight to August 15, comprises a small inner zone covering central London and the Olympic site in Stratford, east London, and a large zone covering a swathe of south-east England.

The restricted zones are designed for general aviation which includes light aircraft, gliders and balloons. No commercial flights will be affected.