Two charged over diverted Stansted jet

A diverted Pakistani International Airlines plane has been escorted into Stansted airport in Essex by military jets. Two men have been charged.

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Plane threat accused remanded in custory

Two men accused of endangering a Pakistani airlines plane that had to be diverted to Stansted have been remanded in custody.

Taxi driver Tayyab Subhani, 30, and restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar, 41, both from Nelson, Lancashire, appeared before magistrates in Chelmsford.

They were arrested after the passenger jet was diverted with an RAF fighter escort to the Essex airport on Friday.

Two in court charged with endangering aircraft

THE PIA at the centre of the drama. Credit: ITV News

Two men will appear in court charged with endangering an aircraft after a passenger jet was diverted to Stansted Airport in Essex.

A RAF Typhoon jet was scrambled to escort the Pakistan Airways Boeing 777 flight to Stansted.

Taxi driver Tayyab Subhani, 30, and restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar, 41, both from Nelson in Lancashire, will appear before Chelmsford magistrates.

Two charged with endangering jet

Two men have been charged with endangering an aircraft after a passenger jet was diverted to Stansted Airport in Essex.

Taxi driver Tayyab Subhani, 30, and restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar, 41, both from Nelson in Lancashire, will appear in court at Chelmsford tomorrow.

An RAF Typhoon jet was scrambled to escort the Pakistan Airways Boeing 777 flight to Manchester over UK airspace before it was diverted to the Essex airport, where it landed at 2.15pm.

Essex Police said the men would remain in custody ahead of their court appearance.

Detectives continue to quiz plane suspects

Detectives are continuing to interview two men, aged 30 and 41, after they were arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft. The rest of the passengers were allowed back on the plane at Stansted at around midnight last night to continue their journey to Manchester.

The passengers returned to the aircraft after they had spoken to police, and officers, working with the airport authorities, had checked the Boeing 777 airliner. Essex Police said they wished to thank the passengers for their patience and understanding.

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Men arrested on diverted flight both British nationals

Essex Police said the two men arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft are both British nationals.

The men, aged 30 and 41, are currently at a police station where they will be interviewed by detectives.

The Pakistan International Airlines flight PK709 bound for Manchester from Lahore was diverted to Stansted Airport.
The Pakistan International Airlines flight PK709 bound for Manchester from Lahore was diverted to Stansted Airport. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Essex Police said the plane that was diverted to Stansted Airport will remain at its current location until it is examined by forensic experts.

"At this point in time no suspicious items have been recovered", Superintendent Darrin Tomkins said.

"This incident is being treated as a criminal offence and remains under the direction of Essex Police", he added.

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PIA plane will be 'subject to forensic examination'

Essex Police said the Pakistan International Airlines plane that was diverted to Stansted Airport earlier today will be "subject to forensic examination by specialist officers":

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Air drama at Stansted as plane diverted

A Pakistan International Airlines jet has been guided in to Stansted airport by an RAF Typhoon fighter after being diverted from Manchester because of disruption on board.

The passenger jet was taken to an area away from the main terminal and shortly before three o'clock on Friday afternoon, Essex Police boarded the Boeing 777 and arrested two men on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu:

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Passengers being taken off diverted plane at Stansted

The Pakistan International Airlines plane pictured at Stansted Airport.
The Pakistan International Airlines plane pictured at Stansted Airport. Credit: ITV News

Stansted Airport said passengers were being taken off the Pakistan International Airlines plane.

A spokesperson said the passengers "will be taken to a reception centre on the airport where police may wish to interview them about what they have seen".

"At some point police and the airline will arrange for their onward transportation to Manchester", they added.

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