Fighter Jets Scrambled To Passenger Plane

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 - due to land at 1.30pm - 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."
Stansted is one of two UK airports designated to deal with emergency situations and has specially-trained teams.


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