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

Arthur

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It now seems there was a family arguments involving 8-10 people. They were told to calm down, but didn't. Two wanted to get the captain to settle things, and that's what spooked the cabin staff. They called 911.

At least that's one story being retailed.
 

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Pair grilled after Flight escorted by Jet

Two men arrested on a Pakistan International Airlines plane after fighter jets were scrambled to escort it to a London airport remained in custody Saturday for questioning by the police.

The men were detained on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after the plane, which was carrying 300 passengers from the Pakistani city of Lahore to Manchester in northwest England, was diverted to Stansted airport outside London.

Armed police officers boarded the Boeing 777 and arrested two male British nationals, aged 30 and 41.

The incident was not believed to be terror-related. An airline source told AFP the incident had stemmed from a family row on board.

"There was a family of eight to 10 people on the plane and they were quarrelling among each other," the PIA source said.

"When PIA staff approached them and asked them to calm down, they told them to go away otherwise they would blow up the plane.

"PIA staff became scared and they raised the alarm to avoid any untoward situation."

Police said they were alerted 10 minutes before the plane was due to land in Manchester at 1:30pm (1230 GMT) on Friday.

They were told a threat had been made to the safety of an aircraft.

Fighter jets were scrambled to escort flight PK709 into Stansted, London's third-biggest airport, where it touched down at 2:15pm (1315 GMT).

It halted in a designated safe location away from the terminal building.

The arrested men were taken to a police station "where they will remain in custody pending interview by detectives", the local Essex Police force said.

The remaining passengers disembarked under police escort and were taken to the terminal building for a debriefing.

"The plane will remain at its current location and will be subject to forensic examination by specialist officers," the police said.

"At this point in time no suspicious items have been recovered.

"This incident is being treated as a criminal offence."

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said that Typhoon fighter jets had been launched from a Royal Air Force base after the incident was signalled by the plane's crew.

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

Typhoons can be scrambled if the pilot or crew of a passenger aircraft sends out a passenger signal, he added.

"The purpose of going up is to investigate what the situation is," he said.

"Often when a Quick Reaction Alert aircraft is launched the details are not known, but it is known that a signal has been sent."

Typhoons patrolled over London last year when the city hosted the 2012 Olympic Games.

By strange coincidence, the PIA plane diverted to Stansted was the very same plane on the very same route -- Lahore to Manchester -- that was diverted to Stansted in September 2011 due to a bomb scare.

Friday's incident came just hours after a British Airways plane was forced to make an emergency landing at London Heathrow Airport with smoke billowing from an engine.


Source : Sapa-AFP /mm
Date : 25 May 2013 04:46
 

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The passengers that caused this should be forces to pay for ALL the costs involved.
I doubt scrambling a couple of Typhoon's comes cheap !
 

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they told them to go away otherwise they would blow up the plane.

A few years jail time would be good - and banning from any future flights.
 

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Really, from a Pakistani plane over Bitish airspace? :D

Can just here that slow 911 drawling operator voice going "Where you calling from ma'am?"

All (rather I should say most) aeroplanes as well as marine vessels have commercial satellite communications on board and at the ready at all times.

These systems have their own dedicated emergency contact details depending on the provider of the service that re-routes to dedicated emergency services.

They probably just refer to it as 911 in the most generic sense of the word so that it makes sense to most people. If they had said they called "505" nobody would understand the meaning.
 

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I used 911 as a synecdoche for The Appropriate Emergency Services. Am fully aware it's a USA not UK thing.
 

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"There was a family of eight to 10 people on the plane and they were quarrelling among each other," the PIA source said.

"When PIA staff approached them and asked them to calm down, they told them to go away otherwise they would blow up the plane.

"PIA staff became scared and they raised the alarm to avoid any untoward situation."

This was an attempted hijacking.

No family, anywhere, having an argument on a plane, would demand to speak to the pilot.

Nor would any two men, anywhere, due to a family argument, try to force their way into the cockpit.

Nevermind the fact that they actually mention, that they would blow the plane up, when crew intervened.

By strange coincidence, the PIA plane diverted to Stansted was the very same plane on the very same route -- Lahore to Manchester -- that was diverted to Stansted in September 2011 due to a bomb scare.

That, yes, is coincidence.
 
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The first thing that should be done, is DNA tests to verify the "family" claim. Then these idiots should be held indefinitely and interrogated, until each one's entire life history and contacts is known.
 

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This was an attempted hijacking.

No family, anywhere, having an argument on a plane, would demand to speak to the pilot.

Nor would any two men, anywhere, due to a family argument, try to force their way into the cockpit.

Nevermind the fact that they actually mention, that they would blow the plane up, when crew intervened.



That, yes, is coincidence.



This is no coincidence
 

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This is no coincidence

It is possible, yes, that terrorists merely carefully selected the particular aircraft and flight, to be a "message", similar to the two attacks, years apart, on the Twin Towers, where the same target was chosen again, by some of the same people from the first, failed attempt.

Less plausible, but also possible, is that the plane was "selected" the 1st time and now again, as one that is near the end of it's flight hours, thereby minimizing the financial loss, in the case of the plane being shot down,or used as a missile such as the 9/11 incidents, once terrorists gained entry into the cockpit. This would indicate that there was some arrangement, between someone that is involved at the aircraft's owner company, helping these people("the family") and a terrorist organisation.
 

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Haha, you seriously believe they call 911? :)

Omg, ok I'll play along:)

They contact whichever air traffic control area they are currently in.
I'm referring to the passengers. After reading the post by Arthur that lead to Your condescending reply to me, I see You were referring to the staff.

And no thanks. You have all the toys for yourself...:)
 

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http://news.sky.com/story/1096129/plane-threat-pair-remanded-in-custody

Two men have appeared in court accused of threatening to blow up an aeroplane and kill its passengers and crew.

Taxi driver Tayyab Subhani, 30, and waiter Mohammed Safdar, 42, are charged with endangering an aircraft after a Pakistan International Airlines jet was diverted just minutes before landing.

The pair were arrested after the Boeing 777 landed at Stansted Airport, Essex, on Friday afternoon, escorted by two RAF Typhoon fighter jets.

The captain of the seven-hour flight from Lahore diverted to Stansted following an alleged disturbance in the cabin, just before it was due to land at Manchester Airport.

Both men appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court dressed in red sweatshirts and green skull caps with members of their family and friends in the public gallery, and police posted outside the court.

They are charged with intentionally communicating threats against the crew and passengers of the plane that they would be "killed and the aircraft blown up before landing which was false, misleading or deceptive".

Prosecutor Chris McCann told the court the case was "serious" and involved the deployment of RAF jets to ensure the plane, which was carrying 308 passengers, landed safely.

Both men, who are friends and are from Nelson in Lancashire, spoke only to confirm their names and addresses.

The court also heard that Subhani was married and also worked in a supermarket, while his friend Safdar was a married father-of-three.

The pair had been flying back from Pakistan - Safdar after attending his mother's funeral, and Subhani after visiting his grandfather who had broken his hip.

Richard Cooper, representing Subhani, and Raza Sakhi, speaking for Safdar, said their clients would deny the charge against them.

Magistrate Sarah-Jane Davies refused the defendants bail and ordered them to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on August 5 for a plea and case management hearing.

Endangering an aircraft carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
 
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