No terror link to plane diversion

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Stansted Airport, police have said. Officers said the investigation was a criminal matter rather than a terrorism inquiry.

Duo arrested after plane diversion are British nationals

Two men who were arrested after a plane was forced to take an emergency landing at Stansted Airport yesterday evening are both British nationals, Essex Police has said.

One of the men, aged 49, is being treated for a medical condition, not an injury, in hospital, while the other, aged 57, is in custody at Harlow police station.

Police said both will be interviewed by detectives.

Police rule out terrorism fears following plane diversion

Police have ruled out terrorism fears after a passenger plane from Sri Lanka was forced to make an emergency landing at Stansted Airport.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after the flight from Columbo to Heathrow grounded in Essex yesterday evening.

Essex Police have since said the investigation is a criminal matter rather than a terrorism inquiry.

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Two men held on suspicion of 'endangering aircraft'

Passengers have been removed safely, Essex Police said today after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Stansted Airport. A spokesman for the police force said:

Essex Police officers boarded the aircraft and arrested two men on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.

The passengers have been removed safely. Enquiries are ongoing.

Sri Lankan Airlines plane diverted to Stansted Airport

A plane where two men were arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft was flying from Columbo to Heathrow, a spokesman for Stansted has said. He added:

Stansted Airport can confirm a Sri Lankan Airlines Airbus A330 diverted into Stansted at approximately 19.30 this evening.

The aircraft, which was flying from Columbo to Heathrow, landed safely with Essex Police in attendance.

The airport is open and flights are arriving and departing as normal.

Two arrested after plane diverted to Stansted Airport

Two men have been arrested after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Stansted Airport, police have said.

Officers boarded the plane and arrested the pair on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.

Stansted Airport in Essex. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Sri Lankan Airlines A330 Airbus, which was carrying 267 passengers and crew, was due to land at Heathrow Airport but was diverted to the Essex airport just after 7.30pm.

The remaining passengers are being looked after at a reception centre at Stansted and are due to be transferred to Heathrow this morning.