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Pak plane diverted due to disruptive passenger, say UK police

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft was intercepted and escorted by fighter jets to Stansted airport, northeast of London, because of reports of a disruptive passenger, British police said.

world Updated: Feb 07, 2017 22:35 IST
An Airbus A330 of Pakistan International Airlines on the tarmac at Stansted airport after it which was intercepted by RAF Typhoon jets after reports of a disruptive passenger onboard.
An Airbus A330 of Pakistan International Airlines on the tarmac at Stansted airport after it which was intercepted by RAF Typhoon jets after reports of a disruptive passenger onboard.(AP)

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft was intercepted and escorted by fighter jets to Stansted airport, northeast of London, because of reports of a disruptive passenger, British police said on Tuesday.

“This is not believed to be a hijack situation or terror matter,” Essex Police said in a statement. “The plane is currently at the airport and officers are making enquiries.”

The Ministry of Defence had earlier said Typhoon jets had intercepted the aircraft, which had been en route to London’s Heathrow airport, and escorted it to Stansted.

“The authorities received an anonymous phone call and then followed standard operating procedure by diverting the plane,” a PIA spokesman said.

“Security clearance is underway and the aircraft will be cleared soon afterwards. All passengers on board are safe.”