Plane diverted

An RAF Typhoon jet has been launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian aircraft in UK airspace. Reports said the aircraft was a Pakistani passenger plane which had been diverted from Manchester to Stansted.

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Plane sent to UK's designated counter-terrorism airport

Two Typhoon jets from RAF Coningsby have been scrambled to escort a passenger airliner.

The Pakistan International Airways jet has been diverted to Stansted airport which is the UK's designated counter terrorism airport.

Defence sources cannot yet say why the jets were scrambled to assist. The RAF carries out around a dozen such missions each year.

The passenger aircraft has now landed at Stansted.

Plane in incident lands

Essex Police said the plane, which had departed from Lahore, had landed at Stansted. It is understood the incident happened around 10 minutes before the plane, flight number PK709, was due to land in Manchester at 2pm.

RAF scramble jet to incident on airliner

An RAF Typhoon jet has been scrambled after an incident on board a Pakistani passenger aircraft within UK airspace. According to Manchester Airport the aircraft, which is still in the air, is a Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane which was flying from Pakistan to Manchester.

"A Typhoon aircraft has been launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian aircraft within UK airspace."

– Ministry of Defence spokesman


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