Stansted: Fighter Jets Scrambled To Plane

An aircraft from Pakistan with 297 passengers on board is escorted to Stansted Airport, where two men are arrested.

A Pakistan International Airlines is surrounded by emergency vehicles on the tarmac at Stansted Airport

Pakistan International Airlines flight PK709 bound for Manchester from Lahore was diverted to Stansted following an incident on board.


Two men have been arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after a plane was escorted to the ground by fighter jets.

The British nationals were led off the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane by armed police officers, after it was diverted to Stansted Airport following a disturbance in the cabin.

Superintendent Darrin Tomkins of Essex Police confirmed a threat was made as the plane, flying from Lahore to Manchester with 297 passengers on board, was preparing to land.

According to Pakistan’s Express News, one of the passengers claimed there were explosives on the plane, although Supt Tomkins said no suspicious items have been found.

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