French military jets follow passenger plane returning to the UK

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One fighter jet was so close passengers could read the writing on the tail...

Passengers greeted by an unexpected sight out of the window...

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Passengers were left shocked when they spotted two French fighter jets apparently tracking their plane. The Jet2 aircraft was shadowed by two Mirage 2000 fighter jets for about 15 minutes while passing above French territory on Friday.

In an interview with the BBC, passenger Sarah Hatfield, who was flying from Malaga to Birmingham with her husband and their 13-year-old daughter Emily, said: "Someone spotted the French jet and told the cabin crew, who I presume told the Jet2 pilots.

"The air stewardess then announced there was nothing to worry about.

"It was so close I could read the writing on its tail fin.

"Ian was terrified and it didn't help that loads of other passengers came by us to look out at it."

Her daughter photographed the aircraft on her phone which seemed to be shadowing the commercial flight.

The incident sparked a mixture of panic and curiosity among the passengers and Ms Hatfield recalls the general sentiment onboard was "a mixture of excitement at seeing the fighter so close up and terror as to if we were about to get shot down."

A spokesperson for the budget airline said they were investigating the issue: "We are awaiting clarification from the French air traffic authorities, as to why a military aircraft was apparently tracking our aircraft".

The French air force has since responded saying the commercial plane was "intercepted due to loss of communication".

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