LONDON: Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) said that a spy plane sent to help in the search for the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamists had been grounded en route due to a fault. “A technical fault which has delayed the Sentinel aircraft on its way to Ghana is being investigated and will be solved as soon as possible,” said an MoD statement. “In the meantime the UK military team continues its work on the ground while other surveillance aircraft continue the search for the missing schoolgirls,” it added. According to the Times, the Royal Air Force jet had taken off from Waddington base in east England as planned, but the crew soon noticed a fault. They decided to fly on and eventually touched down in Senegal, where the plane is now being repaired, according to the paper.