British fighter jets escort Pakistan passenger plane

Manchester-bound flight intercepted after passenger makes bomb threat.
NEWS, Aviation


A Pakistan International Airlines flight en route to Manchester was diverted and escorted by British fighter jets after a passenger had threatened to bomb the airplane on Friday.

The flight from Lahore, Pakistan, carrying 297 passengers was directed towards Stansted Airport in London shortly before arrival.

Reports say that cabin crew tried to intervene in a heated argument between a family on board the flight. However, they were verbally abused by two of the family members who then threatened to blow up the airplane.

Upon arrival at Stansted, Essex police boarded the airplane and arrested two men aged 30 and 41 on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft, Reuters reported.

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

While Reuters quoted the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service as saying that 10 fire engines had been sent to the airport on Friday.

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