More From Blair's Memoirs

2 September 2010, 14:35

Tony Blair has revealed he came close to ordering the RAF to shoot down a passenger airliner over London following the 9/11 attacks.

In his newly-published memoirs, the former Prime Minister described how he was told about a plane which wasn't communicating with air-traffic control, and that fighter jets had been scrambled.

But moments after he decided not to give the order to shoot, a technical error was resolved and contact was regained.