Thursday 19 April 2018

RAF escorts passenger plane to Stansted amid reports of disruptive passenger

Stansted (CAA)
Stansted (CAA)

A Pakistan International Airlines flight to Heathrow Airport has been intercepted by the RAF after reports of a disruptive passenger onboard.

An RAF spokesman said Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire escorted the aircraft to Stansted Airport in Essex.

Essex Police said the diversion happened at around 3pm on Tuesday and the plane is on the ground at Stansted.

A force spokesman said officers are investigating the incident, which is "not believed to be a hijack situation or terror matter".

It was later confirmed the passenger on board the Pakistan International Airlines flight was wanted by the Metropolitan Police, Scotland Yard said.

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