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Unidentified aircraft tracked off Shetland by RAF fighter jets

Image: Courtesy of Mark J.

A VOYAGER aircraft and two Typhoon fighter jets from Lossiemouth

were launched earlier today (Wednesday) after an unidentified aircraft was tracked flying towards the UK airspace.

The aviation website Air Live first reported incident saying that a quick reaction alert was under way after the Russian aircraft was spotted to the west of Norway.

Other aircraft from Norway and Netherland have also been scrambled according to the website.

A spokesman for RAF Lossiemouth confirmed that quick reaction alert Typhoon fighter aircraft had been launched.

In a later update RAF Lossiemouth said that unidentified aircraft had been tracked, but these remained outside the UK’s area of interest and no intercept took place.