UK cops make arrests aboard Pakistani plane

2013-05-24 16:28

London -  British fighter jets escorted a Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane to Stansted Airport near London on Friday, where police went on board and arrested two men on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.

Flight PK709 from Lahore in Pakistan had been due to land at Manchester in northern England with 297 passengers on board, but was diverted shortly before arrival.

A security source said early indications were that the plane was not the target of a terrorist attack.

Britain is on high alert after a soldier was hacked to death on a London street on Wednesday in what the government are treating as a terrorist incident.

"Essex Police have boarded a passenger plane diverted to Stansted Airport and two men have been arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft.

"They have been removed from the plane," the police said in a statement. The force is responsible for the area where Stansted is located.

Stansted is one of London's less busy airports, preferred as a location for handling airplane security incidents.

A spokesperson for the airport said the plane was being held in an isolated area and that the rest of the airport was operating as normal.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said 10 fire engines had been sent to the airport.

The Pakistani plane was a Boeing 777, according to the flight tracking website

Britain launches military planes to intercept unidentified aircraft when they cannot be identified by other means, for example when the aircraft is not talking to air traffic controllers.

  • Bullet Proof - 2013-05-24 16:44

    Looks like the same happens here the Gupta plane was escort to Waterkloof Air Base!!!#$$%#$

      Gert Barnard - 2013-05-24 17:10

      Oh, please get off the Gupta issue! I realise it's a piece of sh*t but we are riding it to death!!! Just to confirm that you are correct: If you or I were to arrange a landing at Waterkloof we would have been in prison. Be well.

  • John Barakat - 2013-05-24 16:49

    SANDF and SA security ministers PLEASE go to UK and learn correct procedures for ILLEGAL landings and use of country's air space re GUPTAGATE. Thank you.

  • Denelene Sederstroom - 2013-05-24 16:55

    Anyone having long hair on his shin is a terrorist.Iwill keep mind if u try to touch me i wil show u.

      Lyle Winters - 2013-05-24 17:07

      Long hair on your shins is the reason you'd be kicked off most flights. It's just a ghastly sight, truth be told...

      Gert Barnard - 2013-05-24 17:12


      Ahava Shapiro - 2013-05-24 17:19

      Lol, you must be waiting to meet a Yeti or Bigfoot .

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