Two arrested on diverted flight

Essex Police have arrested two men on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft after a Pakistan International Airlines plane was diverted from Manchester to Stansted. Two RAF Typhoon jets were scrambled to escort the passenger jet to the ground.

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Manchester Airport: Authorities investigating incident

A Manchester Airport spokesman said the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight had been due to land at 1:30pm, but was diverted to London Stansted "where the authorities are investigating".

The Pakistan International Airlines plane pictured at Stansted Airport. Credit: ITV News

The spokesman said: "The plane - flight number PK709 - was travelling from Lahore and had 297 passengers on board.

"For further information for friends or family who were due to meet the flight at Manchester please call 0800 140 4007".

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