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. 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.