Friday 19 January 2018

Two men in court over plane 'threat'

Two friends who allegedly threatened to blow up an aeroplane which was diverted to Stansted Airport will stand trial.

Taxi driver and supermarket employee Tayyab Subhani, 30, and restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar, 41, will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court accused of endangering an aircraft.

The count alleges the defendants made a threat that the "crew and passengers would be killed and the aircraft blown up before landing which was false, misleading or deceptive".

Safdar, a married father-of-three, of Hallam Crescent, and Subhani, of Townley Street, Nelson, Lancashire, both deny the charge.

Prosecutor Brian O'Neill QC is expected to open the case.

The duo were arrested in May at Stansted Airport after Pakistan International Airways flight PK709 from Lahore was diverted from Manchester.

The Boeing 777 plane, carrying 308 passengers, was shadowed into Stansted by an RAF Typhoon fighter jet after the pilot reported threats being made.

Press Association

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