RAF jets spotted escorting plane over London sparks panic – but there's a simple explanation

RAF jets spotted escorting plane over London sparks panic – but there's a simple explanation

THERE was panic in London this morning after a jet escorted by two RAF planes flew over the capital.

Fortunately, there's a simple and very harmless explanation.

The huge plane was snapped flying over Trafalgar Square with a fighter jet on either side.

Images have been shared to Twitter, with one witness writing: "An airliner aeroplane has just flown LOW over Trafalgar Square flanked by fighter jets!"

Another wrote: "Anyone know what’s the deal with this British Airways plane and its two friends?

"Military escort or just fancy flyover?"

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But the RAF has now revealed it was a pre-planned flypast as one special visitor arrives in the capital.

Officials tweeted: "You may see a RAF Voyager and two RAF Typhoons flying over central London this morning.

"This is a pre-planned flypast to welcome the Prime Minister of Japan to the UK."

The planes set off from Brize Norton shortly before 10.45am to reach London by 11.10am.

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It dipped lower over Horse Guards Parade.

One of the jets – the Voyager Vespina – was easy to spot, as it has its tail painted with the Union Jack.

Japanese PM Fumio Kishida is in the UK to sign a new defence agreement.

The pact will deepen military ties in the Indo-Pacific.

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Boris Johnson is expected to announce a "landmark defence partnership" known as the Reciprocal Access Agreement after the talks.

This partnership means Japanese and British armed forces will be deployed together for the purpose of disaster relief training, general training and joint exercises.

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