AN Air India plane which was travelling to Newark was diverted to Stansted Airport this morning (June 27).

The flight was diverted at around 9.50am following reports of a security alert, reportedly a bomb threat.

An airline official later confirmed the threat had been a hoax.

The plane was flying over Northern Ireland when it was sent to Stansted - the UK's airport for dealing with security alerts.

It comes after residents reported hearing a sonic boom over the Midlands as RAF jets rushed to meet the plane and escort it to the Essex airport.

Stansted Airport closed its runway for a short time earlier but it later reopened.