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PAKISTAN AIRLINES Flight Diverted Over British Airspace


World  (tags: Pakistan Airlines, UK, Stanstead airport, passenger plane diverted )

Angelika
- 579 days ago - edition.cnn.com
2 men arrested after flight from Pakistan diverted in UK airspace Two passengers "threatened to blow up the plane," Pakistan's High Commissioner says. UK security sources: plane's diversion no terror threat.



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Teresa W. (705)
Friday May 24, 2013, 9:20 am
noted, thank you
 

Angelika R. (144)
Friday May 24, 2013, 9:27 am
More information on this provided from the Ministry of Defense when it's known.

I do wonder about the alledged info from Pakistan's High Commissioner about a bomb threat.., rather mysterious.
 

Alan Lambert (97)
Friday May 24, 2013, 10:48 am
London (CNN) -- Police arrested two men Friday on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after a flight from Pakistan to the United Kingdom was diverted to Stansted Airport, outside of London.
A UK fighter jet was scrambled to escort Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK709 from Lahore as it was diverted from northwestern England's Manchester Airport to Stansted.
Essex Police, who cover the area near Stansted airport, said officers had arrested the men and removed them from the plane, which had 297 passengers aboard.
Police said the incident is being treated as a criminal offense, and did not mention a terrorism angle.
Wajid Hasan, Pakistan's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, told CNN that the two passengers "got into an altercation with air stewardesses and threatened to blow up the plane."
The air stewardesses contacted the pilot, who contacted UK air traffic control authorities, who then scrambled the fighter jets, he said.
Why was Pakistani airliner diverted?
"So far nothing has been found," he said. "All the passengers are off the aircraft and are being screened, as would be normal, by immigration authorities," he said, and the cargo is also being searched.
The process is expected to take about four hours, he said, after which the passengers will fly on to Manchester.
The commission has sent officials to Stansted Airport to provide consular assistance to passengers who need it, a written statement said.
Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Mashood Tajwar said the aircraft would then fly from Manchester to Lahore, Pakistan.
Passengers arriving at Stansted told CNN they were delayed by what several called a "terrorist scare."
'Unruly passenger'
A top official with Pakistan International Airlines earlier said the diversion was prompted by an unruly passenger.
"The passenger was simply causing a disturbance on the plane and threatening passengers and staff. This is a lesson to angry passengers," the official said.
Tajwar told CNN that the plane was 20 minutes away from Manchester Airport and preparing to land when air traffic controllers there received reports of a "terror threat."
British police had not yet been in touch with the airline to confirm if this was actually a terror threat related to passengers on board the PIA flight, Tajwar said.
"This information may be a bomb threat but we are not sure yet, it could be a fake threat," Tajwar told CNN.
A security source in London told CNN that early indications suggested the diversion of the flight to Stansted Airport was not a terror-related incident.
A representative for Stansted Airport said the plane was on an isolated stand away from the normal airport and police were handling the situation.
Typhoon aircraft were launched from RAF Coningsby to investigate the incident, the UK Defense Ministry said.
The Boeing 777 landed at 2:10 p.m. (9:10 a.m. ET).
CNN's Laura Smith-Spark wrote and reported in London, where Nic Robertson also reported, and Shaan Khan reported in Islamabad. CNN's Aliza Kassim, Claudia Rebaza, Per Nyberg, Susannah Cullinane, and Richard Allen Greene contributed to this report.
 

Alan Lambert (97)
Friday May 24, 2013, 10:52 am
Kudos to the stewardesses and the RAF who handled the situation well.

The Pakistani Defense Ministry fell down on the job again (I mean still)
 

Angelika R. (144)
Friday May 24, 2013, 10:59 am
this updated version is again full of contradictive information, nothing new. thanks anyway Alan.
Have you read the comments below the article? I tend to agree with one commentor whose reading of this was something like the passenger just wnated to use the toilet shortly before landing, so when prohibited, and some verbal discussion occurred over it. Hysteria at work, it looks. At least our German football teams are NOT affected at all by the latest incidents in and around London and will hopefully deliver a worthy championship game tomorrow!
 

Angelika R. (144)
Friday May 24, 2013, 11:12 am
I think that BA emergency landing is far more notable than this here is.
 

Abdessalam Diab (151)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 12:29 am
Noted.
 

Natasha Salgado (579)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 1:36 am
Scary stuff...thx Angelika!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 7:04 am
Noted.
 

Ge M. (218)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 10:32 am
The only reason RAF jets would have been scrambled would have been for terrorist threats which was also why they were diverted to Stansted. Had it been merely air rage then they would have continued to Manchester.

The men arrested were of Pakistani descent.

Many young men born in the UK are known to go to Pakistan for terrorist training but I am not saying that these men are terrorists. Unfortunately, there are many Muslims in the UK who refuse to accept UK law and will only respond to Sharia laws. There are many areas in the UK and the rest of Europe whish are Muslim no go areas. This information is freely available on the internet for those who want to look rather than just call names. This is one source but feel free to look for others. http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/2367/european-muslim-no-go-zones

 

Rahman Qureshi (76)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:30 am
Muslim Pakistanis wanting to kill Muslim Pakistanis. Nothing new because they do it all the time in the ISLAMIC "religion of peace" Republic of Pakistan.
 

Beth FS (149)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:52 am
Noted, I saw this on my news channel yesterday and it said that the men tried to get to the cockpit so I thought for sure it was a terrorist plot...now it appears that somebody had a bad day at the airport and decided to take it out on the passengers in flight. They should receive some jail time for wasting everyone else's time and a good swift kick in the behind to boot.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 1:34 pm
Making an elephant out of a mosquito... there was near to nothing in this case so please let's not take it off track here. BTW, tycoons are launched quite frequently on precautious reasons as we were told, NOT only on an emergency or threat alert.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 3:43 pm
Well if we have finally all killed each other, our planet might finally get a break.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 3:52 pm
Middle Eastern people should not be allowed to fly on planes if they make threats like that.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 6:26 pm
Glad I wasn't on that flight. Too scary for me. I wish these crazy fools who wish to do harm would meet somewhere far away where there isn't any other human beings and just take care of doing harm to themselves. Being on a plane is a challenge without crap like this. Thanks Angelika
 

Betty Kelly (4)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 7:09 pm
There seems to be no end to the stream of evil or desturbed people whotheaten destruction.
 

Stan B. (122)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 8:36 pm
Angelica: " there was near to nothing in this case." I'm not sure if you'd have felt the same if you had been a passenger on the PKI plane, knew it was being diverted and saw the RAF escort. I'd have been terrified.
The Typhoon jets were scrambled in response to emergency calls made by the flight crew.
I sincerely hope the British legal system throws the book at these primitives, whose only way of settling a family dispute was to invoke the tribal behaviour they're so fond of.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 6:24 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 8:45 am
Stan, I have to agree with you that the Brits have been, are and will most likely be locked into their tribalism, be it based on race, religion, politics, social status, or sports teams. There is also the possibility that the "blow up the plane" bit was nothing more than a stupid adult temper tantrum to get what they want and not in any way a serious threat to the plane.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 9:33 am
None of us were witness to the exact conversation or dispute. I tend to think as Lloyd suggested. If as a passenger I were to see such a verbal struggle between a stewardess and another passenger and knowing that there couldn't be any weapons or such involved, given security on flights, I would not panick. I don't know if PIA serve any alcohol on board but if they do, chances of such tantrums would be no surprise. If someone urgently needed to use the toilet when it has been prohibited before landing I can also see a tantrum following.
 
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