Fighter jets escort PIA plane to UK airport over ‘security threat’

UK authorities received vague security threat regarding PIA's Lahore-Heathrow flight PK-757, says PIA spokesperson

News Desk/reuters February 07, 2017
A police passes next to a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft that was intercepted and escorted by fighter jets to Stansted airport northeast of London because of a disruptive passenger, Britain's police said, February 7, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON: The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) aircraft intercepted and escorted by fighter jets to Stansted airport, northeast of London, was diverted because of a "vague security threat", the airline said on Tuesday.

“UK authorities received some vague security threat through an anonymous phone call regarding PIA's Lahore-Heathrow flight PK-757 before its landing at Heathrow,” PIA spokesperson Danyal Gilani said in a statement.

“As per their standard procedures the aircraft was diverted to Stansted airport. Security clearance is underway.”

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Gilani said all passengers on-board were safe and being looked after by PIA's local management.

“Passengers will be provided surface transport to London. For the return flight efforts are underway to ensure least inconvenience to passengers.”

Earlier, British police said the plane was escorted because of a disruptive passenger.

"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."

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Billa | 7 years ago | Reply What UK did is condemnable. They diverted the plane to arrest a fraudster as if he would have vanished. 250+ passengers were put into inconvenience against the very norms of the country.
Farah Sameul | 7 years ago | Reply You people are well aware of the changes anticipated in this region. UK would dare not land an Indian jet, the partners in their papa US crimes against global humanity. The UK authorities should be sued by PIA as not only it is indignant causing damage to any commercial airliner's repute but has brought great loss to the airline, and most importantly how distressing for the passengers. This is a human rights violation, that for arresting a so called "wanted suspect" hundreds of innocent passengers were subjected to such terror, mental and physical stress, insensitivity to their social demeanour as honorable citizens and complete disregard to their schedules for connection flights and onward travel. The truth is there was no disruption, and even the suspected "wanted", person charged for fraud was not at all causing any disruption nor demonstrated any criminal activity to cause damage to lives or property. Never before have we seen anything like this, what examples are the host country setting for international air travel!
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