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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Men arrested on diverted flight taken to police station

Essex Police said the two men arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft have been taken to a police station to be interviewed:

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Passenger tells relative there was 'no warning or threat'

A relative of two PIA flight passengers said he spoke to his father on the phone after the plane landed at Stansted Airport.

Zohaib Sattar said his father Abdul told him there was "no warning or threat" before the flight was diverted.

Police vehicles pictured next to the PIA plane at Stansted Airport.
Police vehicles pictured next to the PIA plane at Stansted Airport. Credit: ITV News

Zohaib Sattar said: "They have taken two people off the plane and are checking the plane all over.

"The rest are just sat there waiting for further information.

"My father said there was no warning or threat, all of a sudden the plane just turned around".

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Passengers say men 'tried to enter' plane's cockpit

A passenger told Pakistan's GEO TV that the two men arrested on board a Pakistan International Airlines plane had tried to move towards the cockpit during the flight.

Nauman Rizvi told the news channel that after the men were taken away by police, the flight crew told passengers there had been a terrorist threat and that the pilot had raised an alarm.

Passengers disembark the PIA flight PK709 at Stansted Airport after it is diverted.
Passengers disembark the PIA flight PK709 at Stansted Airport after it is diverted. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Another passenger, Umari Nauman, told Sky News, "The cabin crew informed us that basically they tried to come into the cockpit a few times, and because they had been asked not to do that they got into a bit of an argument with the crew and made a few threats".

Ms Nauman said all the passengers had been ordered to leave their possessions on board before leaving the plane.

She also said helicopters escorted the aircraft before landing.

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PIA: Airline was unable to contact plane's pilot

Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Mashood Tajwar said the airline had been unable to contact the pilot of flight PK709, despite repeated attempts.

The Pakistan International Airlines flight was diverted to Stansted Airport.
The Pakistan International Airlines flight was diverted to Stansted Airport. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Mr Tajwar said the control tower at Manchester Airport had received a call about a threat on board the plane and the advised the pilot to divert to its sister airport of Stansted.

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Two men arrested as Pakistani jet diverted to Stansted

Two men were arrested at Stansted Airport in Essex on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft after an RAF Typhoon jet was scrambled to escort a passenger plane travelling from Pakistan to the UK.

Police officers boarded Pakistan International Airlines flight PK709, which had been bound for Manchester, after it landed at Stansted and removed the men from the plane.

"Essex Police have boarded a passenger plane diverted to Stansted Airport and two men have been arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft. They have been removed from the plane."

– Essex Police spokesman

The RAF jet was scrambled following an incident around 10 minutes before the plane, which departed from Lahore, was due to land in Manchester at 2pm.

The incident is not thought to be terrorism-related at this stage, it is understood.

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