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Anita McSorley & Milo Boyd

Ryanair pilot explains what would happen if a bomb was found onboard a flight

A Ryanair pilot has explained what would happen if a bomb was found onboard a flight.

They revealed that there is a special place where cabin crew would stash it.

"On every airplane there's a place that we designate to put a bomb if we find one," the Ryanair pilot exclusively told Mirror UK.

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"I'll leave it at that. People will have to guess where it is and hope they're sat away from it.

"Its proper name is the least risk bomb location and it's part of the aircraft that if a bomb exploded would hopefully cause least damage to the airframe."

Previously, an aviation security expert revealed that air staff are taught to keep explosives as far away from the fuel tanks as possible.

Alexia Lequien said that in the event of a possible explosion, the cabin pressure may be reduced in a bid to dampen the impact of the blast.

She told TSI Mag: "If a suspected IED is found on an aircraft, it is best for pilots to descend and depressurise the cabin before the suspicious item is placed in the LRBL.

"Cabin crew members have the critical role of identifying the LRBL and moving the suspicious device to this location.

"The suspected IED should be placed as close as possible to the fuselage and we assume that a portion of the aircraft will be lost should the device detonate."

Alexia said that the designated location is usually one furthest away from critical structures, such as the cockpit and fuel tanks, and close to an area designed to ‘open’ - such as a door.

It comes after passengers on an easyJet flight to Menorca on Sunday were left terrified after a fighter jet appeared above the plane's wing.

Footage filmed from inside the cabin shows the jet tipping its wings – telling the pilot to ‘follow me’ – while a passenger nervously asks: ‘Why is it doing that?’

It is understood that the fighter was responding to a bomb threat made against the passenger plane.

After the plane was landed passengers were escorted off before bomb disposal experts and sniffer dogs combed through the cabin and confirmed the threat was a hoax.

It has since been reported that an 18-year-old British tourist could be fined more than £50,000 (€58,000) for allegedly making a ‘false bomb threat’.

The suspect was said to have been ‘identified on social media along with five other companions as witnesses’.

In the terrifying event that there is a real bomb found onboard a passenger plane, pilots and cabin crew know exactly what to do.

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