PIA flight escorted to Stansted after security threat

Published on : Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Pakistan International AirlinesJet fighters had to escort a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight to London’s Stansted Airport on Tuesday after unofficial reports of a security threat.

 

PIA flight PK-757 was on its way to Heathrow Airport from Lahore when authorities were informed of a ‘suspicious object’ on board. Two Royal Air Force (RAF) jets were scrambled to escort the plane, which landed safely after a 10-hour flight.

 

“Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft were launched this afternoon from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft,” the British Ministry of Defence said.

 

“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.”

 

After its landing, airport authorities launched a thorough search operation, scanning passengers and their luggage, besides sweeping the plane for any suspicious objects. Some witnesses, however, claimed there was a “disruptive passenger on board”.

 
London’s Stansted Airport is the default airport for security threats. Police ruled out a terror motive behind the incident.

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