Pakistani Plane lands in Britain after Fighter Jets scrambled to escort it

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A Pakistani International Airlines plane landed at Britain's Stansted airport on Friday after fighter jets were scrambled to investigate an incident on board, police said.

"The plane diverted to Stansted Airport has now landed at the airport. Police partners are continuing to respond," Essex Police in southeast England said in a Twitter message.

Source : Sapa-AFP /mjs
Date : 24 May 2013 15:37
 

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Fighter jets have been scrambled to investigate an incident involving a plane in British airspace, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said on Friday, amid reports it was a passenger flight from Pakistan.

"Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby have been launched to investigate an incident involving an aircraft in UK airspace," the MoD spokesman said.


Source : Sapa-AFP /mjs
Date : 24 May 2013 15:29
 

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RAF fighter jets have escorted a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft from Manchester Airport to Stansted Airport, a Ministry of Defence spokesman has said.

The airline has confirmed it was for security reasons but according to a security source early indications are that it was not the target of a terror attack.

There are understood to have been 297 passengers on board who were travelling from Lahore.

The plane was heading west towards Manchester when it was suddenly re-routed near York and headed back out to the North Sea, before travelling south to Stansted.

The aircraft has now landed, police have confirmed.

An Essex Police spokeswoman said: "An incident has occurred on an aircraft. Police and partners are responding."

"Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby have been launched to investigate an incident involving an aircraft in UK airspace," an MoD spokesman said.

Sky correspondent Alastair Bunkall said: "It is potentially precautionary, it doesn't necessarily mean there is a direct or real threat. Sometimes this might happen simply because of an incident on board involving a single passenger.

"It would be wrong at the moment to draw any conclusions but an incident nonetheless that the military feel is necessary to carry out this operation to make sure that plane lands safely at Stansted Airport."

The aircraft is understood to be being held in an isolated stand at Stansted, but the airport is operating as normal.

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"Not believed to be terrorist-related"
Where did you see that?

I know they said that earlier this morning for a different flight where an engine caught fire, but this is a different incident.
 

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Meantime, Heathrow is closed as plane to Oslo makes emergency landing.
 

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Referring to flight from Lahore redirected from Manchester to Stansted.

A passenger has tweeted that there was "a heated argument on board".

Wow - have an argument and you get a fighter jet escort! (Yeah, I know one can't take chances. But still - crayzee world.)
 

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RAF fighter jets have escorted a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft from Manchester Airport to Stansted Airport, a Ministry of Defence spokesman has said.

A witness speaking in Urdu to Pakistani station Geo TV, said that two men over 6 feet tall tried to enter the pilot's cabin.

Essex Police have confirmed that two men have been arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft after the plane landed safely at Stansted.

There are understood to have been 297 passengers on board flight PK709, who were travelling from Lahore.

The aircraft was heading west towards Manchester when it was suddenly re-routed near York and headed back out to the North Sea, before travelling south to Stansted.

An Essex Police spokeswoman said: "An incident has occurred on an aircraft. Police and partners are responding."

Mashood Takwar, from Pakistan International Airlines, told Sky News that 25 minutes before landing Manchester air traffic control contacted the pilot after apparently receiving some information from British security services.

An MoD spokesman earlier confirmed that Typhoon jets had been scrambled from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

The aircraft is understood to be being held in an isolated stand at Stansted, but the airport is operating as normal.

Sky correspondent Alistair Bunkall said: "It is potentially precautionary, it doesn't necessarily mean there is a direct or real threat. Sometimes this might happen simply because of an incident on board involving a single passenger.

"It would be wrong at the moment to draw any conclusions but an incident nonetheless that the military feel is necessary to carry out this operation to make sure that plane lands safely at Stansted Airport."
I'm not sure what the mens height have to do with anything.
 

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I'm not sure what the mens height have to do with anything.
Bigger men are more of a threat, I dunno?

So far it's been box cutters, underwear, shoe heels, etc....

One of these days a terrorist is just gonna snap someone's neck, then what do they do?
 

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Seems as events unfolded passengers were told the weather at Manchester was bad. Passengers used their phones to call family (huh!) who said weather was great, so worry spread. After landing, the cops removed two guys. PAX were then told the two had tried to enter cockpit a few times and got into a argument with the crew.
 

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How many fighters did we scramble when a civilian aircraft invaded our military base...
 

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Who in their right minds think they can try force their way into a cockpit without having ten tons of whoop-ass coming down on them.
 
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