A military fighter jet was scrambled to escort an SAS aircraft to Prestwick after it temporarily lost contact with air traffic control over Scotland.

The flight from Copenhagen to Birmingham, with 72 passengers on board, experienced problems at about 9.30am yesterday.

Following protocol, it was escorted to Prestwick by military jet, the BBC reported.

The aircraft was met by emergency services and cleared to fly after inspection.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said it had been alerted to an incident involving an aircraft which had lost communications for “a short period of time”.

“Communication was soon regained and the aircraft landed safely,” she said.