June 19, 2013
RAF jetfighters patrol skies in Malvinas, UK media
After Argentina addressed the UN reporting the militarization of the South Atlantic by British forces, two UK’s RAF jetfighters came into action as patrolling the skies of Malvinas Islands, and escorting a private Cessna that was heading to the Islands for a re-fuel stop.
It was the case of a British Airways captain and his wife that according to British newspaper The Mirror were flying a Cessna the length of the Americas for charity when two RAF Typhoons were sent up to shepherd them in to the Archipelago.
British Airways captain Chris McLaughlin, 51, and wife Corrine were approaching the Islands as part of a trip to raise funds for a liver unit that saved his life.
Chris and his BA stewardess wife had been given special clearance to land at Port Stanley. But, because of raised diplomatic tensions with Argentina due to an torrid exchange of words over the islands’ sovereignty, two RAF Typhoons were sent up to shepherd them in.
The pair’s 16,000-mile flight is to raise money for King’s College Hospital in South London, which saved Chris’s life 18 months ago with a liver transplant.