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Drunken pilot jailed

A pilot with 25 years experience has been jailed for nine months after admitting to being drunk in charge of a flight that was about to take off from Leeds Bradford International airport.

54 year-old Irfan Faiz, was three times over the limit allowed for drinking and flying, unsteady on his feet and smelt of alcohol when he was arrested in September.

The Pakistan International Airlines flight was supposed to take off from Leeds Bradford to Pakistan, carrying nearly 200 passengers.

Pilot arrested at Leeds Bradford Airport

An airline pilot is in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of being drunk while in charge of a plane.

At about 10pm police were called to Leeds Bradford International Airport where they arrested an airline pilot on suspicion of carrying out an activity ancillary to an aviation function while impaired by drink.

The 54-year-old man, from Pakistan, is currently in custody.

– Spokesman for West Yorkshire Police

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Suspected drunk pilot arrested at Yorkshire airport

The captain of a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Leeds Bradford Airport to Islamabad is currently being held on suspicion of being drunk while in charge of a plane.

The 54-year-old pilot, from Pakistan, was arrested around 10 o'clock last night apparently while making pre-flight checks in the cockpit of the Airbus 310 aircraft.

All 180 passengers on board at the time had to be taken off the plane and put up overnight in a hotel.

The pilot is currently being held on suspicion of carrying out an activity ancillary to an aviation function while impaired by drink.

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.

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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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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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.

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".

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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