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.
More top news
Investigators have released images of two more people they wish to speak to about the Hillsborough tragedy.
The number of reported anti-semitic incidents in the UK have increased by just over 50%, figures released by a charity have suggested.
Athletes competing at next years Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be using waters contaminated with human feces, a study finds.