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Jets scrambled after passenger jet bomb threat

Police activity at the time of the alert Credit: ITV News

Fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a commercial aircraft after two passengers threatened to blow the plane up at 30,000 feet, a court has heard.

Tayyab Subhani, 30, and Mohammed Safdar, 42, were arrested on May 24 after the Boeing 777 they were travelling on was forced to make an emergency landing at Stansted Airport in Essex.

Once on the ground, the aircraft was surrounded by armed police and a full-scale bomb alert was called. The men were arrested and hundreds of passengers were forced to remain on board until investigators established there was no danger.

The men, who are from Lancashire, deny endangering the safety of an aircraft.

Pair to stand trial over Stansted plane alert

The diverted jet Credit: ITV News

Two friends who allegedly threatened to blow up an aeroplane are due to stand trial today.

Taxi driver and supermarket employee Tayyab Subhani, 30, and restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar, 41, will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court accused of endangering an aircraft.

The count alleges the defendants made a threat the "crew and passengers would be killed and the aircraft blown up before landing which was false, misleading or deceptive".

They both deny the charges.

The duo were arrested in May at Stansted Airport after Pakistan International Airways flight PK709 from Lahore was diverted from Manchester.

The Boeing 777 plane, carrying 308 passengers, was shadowed into Stansted by an RAF Typhoon fighter jet after the pilot reported threats being made.

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Report: extra runway could create 30,000 jobs

Stansted Airport Credit: PA

A leading economic forecaster has published a new report that suggests an extra runway at Stansted Airport would create more than 30,000 jobs in the East of England.

Oxford Economics, who carried out the research on behalf of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium, also found an extra runway would add £5.9 bn to the UK economy every year.

At the moment Stansted generates £750m and supports 14 thousand jobs.

Stansted Airport release security statement

A Stansted spokesperson has released a statement after an easyJet plane was diverted to the airport.

“Stansted Airport can confirm an easyJet Airbus A319 diverted into Stansted as precautionary measure at approximately 17:30 this afternoon.

The aircraft, which was flying from Hamburg to Luton, landed safely with Essex Police in attendance. The airport is open and flights are arriving and departing as normal.”

– Spokesperson, Stansted Airport

Breaking: Security alert at Stansted Airport

There are reports of a security alert unfolding at Stansted Airport this evening.
There are reports of a security alert unfolding at Stansted Airport this evening. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

There are reports of a security alert unfolding at Stansted Airport this evening.

An easyJet aircraft heading from Hamburg in Germany to Luton has been diverted to the Essex based airport.

Essex Police have been called to the scene and all passengers remain on the aircraft.

The airport is continuing to operate as normal.

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Stansted welcomes end of bank holiday strike threat

Stansted Airport bosses have said they're "delighted" that a bank holiday strike by baggage handlers has been averted.

A spokesman for Stansted Airport said:

“Providing great service to passengers is important to us so we’re delighted this situation has been resolved and we're looking forward to welcoming the hundreds of thousands of passengers that are jetting away from Stansted over the bank holiday weekend.”

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