Blair: Orders to shoot down jet

TONY BLAIR came close to ordering the RAF to shoot down a passenger airliner over London after the 9/11 attacks on the US, he reveals in his memoirs.

Blair described how fighter jets were scrambled after the aircraft lost contact with air traffic control as it approached the capital.

Blair was given emergency powers to authorise the military to bring down planes after September 11 2001.

He wrote: “I had the senior RAF commander authorised to get my decision. The fighter jet was airborne.

“For several anxious minutes we talked, trying desperately to get an instinct as to whether this was threat or mishap. The deadline came. I decided we should hold back.

“Moments later the plane regained contact. It had been a technical error.”


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