UPDATE Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Abu Zeid says Thomson Airways plane was in no danger and ‘airliners previously informed of military exercise and instructed of procedures’.
UPDATE Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Abu Zeid says incident cited in report was ground-to-ground, not ground-to-air, fire exercise on military base near Sharm el-Sheikh airport.
UPDATE Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Abu Zeid says Daily Mail report that a Thomson Airways plane avoided an Egyptian missile in August are ‘completely inaccurate’.
According to the Daily Mail, on August 23, a Thomson flight from London Stansted with 189 passengers on board came ‘within 1,000ft’ of a rocket as it approached Sharm El Sheikh.
The pilot turned left after he spotted the missile speeding through the air.
The jet landed safely, and holidaymakers were not told they had been seconds from disaster.
The Department for Transport confirmed the incident.