[Audio] I’m instructed by Her Majesty’s government of the United Kingdom to warn you if you do not respond you will be shot down

“I’m instructed by Her Majesty’s government of the United Kingdom to warn you if you do not respond you will be shot down”

On Oct. 29, two RAF Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled from RAF Coningsby airbase, and flew at supersonic speeds across the UK to intercept a Latvian Antonov An-26 cargo plane that took an unauthorized detour over London causing concern to civil air traffic control.

The two Eurofighter warplanes on QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) reached the Soviet-designed cargo plane (registration YL-RAA) on its way to Birmingham airport and forced it to land at Stansted airport.

Interestingly, the pilot of the lead RAF Typhoon (radio callsign “L9T47”) which intercepted the Latvian plane (callsign MLA1605) radioed warning the three-man crew on board the foreign plane to listen to military instructions or risk being ‘shot down’.

Here’s the audio recorded on a VHF frequency.

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You can clear hear the pilot say:

“MLA1605 from the L9T47, I’m instructed by Her Majesty’s government of the UK to warn you if you do not respond you will be shot down”

This is how real interceptions work.

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.


  1. why do you keep emphasizing ‘Russian built’ ? does this somehow make it more EEEEVIIIL ? The Aircraft in question was an Antonov , which , since 1952, happens to be a Ukrainian aircraft designed and built just outside of Kiev , but this doesn’t suit today’s anti Russian rhetoric , does it?
    If this aircraft had been a Boeing would it have been reported as American built ?

    • the problem here, mick, is people who think like you and don’t look at the true problem. it was violating sovereign airspace. it doesn’t matter who built it. it was who was operating it.you worry about “anti- russian “rhetoric. while the russians fly bear bombers near american airspace. although it may be a cargo plane, you don’t know what it is carrying. how about the fact that a cargo plane full of god knows what( maybe even explosives or chemical weapons)has just pierced sovereign airspace. i don’t care if it is made by mattel toy company. i would scramble on it. remember how many people were killed by passenger jets on 911? and, by the way, russia DOES use antonov aircraft. extensively.if memory serves me correctly, those call numbers are russian. so, if it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck, and quacks like a duck……IT’S A DUCK!!! telling it like it is is not rhetoric. it is fact.putin has been throwing his weight around a lot here lately because he knows we have a wuss for a commander in chief who will do absolutely nothing about it.but apologize to everybody. but don’t worry about it. you are liberal, so when putin starts dropping bombs on america, he will set the bombs not to hit your house because he knows you arer a liberal and a peace nik apologist……….NNNNNOOOOTTTTTTT!!!!

    • Huh? It’s a Latvian aircraft. Who built it does not matter. But, If it were built in 1952, Russia has inherited the Soviet culture.

    • it said it once. cause its a russian built plane, news article always throw random facts in.

  2. being a normal cargo flight veering off the standard course i think they knew exactly who they were dealing with.

    • “Normal” flights of any kind to not deviate from filed flight plans. Deviating a large plane over a populated area where it was not supposed to be should get this exact reaction.

      • i never said the reaction was unwarranted.

        i just said that being a normal, registered cargo they knew what plane it was, where it originated and where it was supposed to be going.

        of course they could have no idea about who was flying it at the moment and where it was actually going.

  3. After 9/11, does the country of origin really matter? If a plane suddenly deviates from ATC instructions, it will be considered as potentially hostile.

    • No it doesn’t matter, I’m just wondering how much a pilot typically knows before going out there to meet it. Could be a pretty tense situation leading up to the encounter.

        • It would depend on a lot of things, I’d imagine. Was the aircraft one with a formally filed flight plan that deviated? Is it running its transponder, declaring its identity? Was it reported by ATC as deviating or was it picked up by radar only as an unknown contact? I would imagine the variables would mean that an intercepting pilot would not take anything for granted until he has eyes on the aircraft.

  4. The RAF pilot could have cared less which country the plane was from or made in, only this article’s writer seems to care. A plane flying in UK airspace, not responding to traffic control or common flight rules is duly intercepted and warned to respond….or else.

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