LAHORE – A PIA flight from Lahore to Heathrow was intercepted by RAF Typhoons and forced to land at Stansted this afternoon, while police scrambled to meet it at the airport.
Flight PK757 took off from Lahore and landed at about 3pm, after reports of a disruptive passenger.
Two jets were scrambled to meet flight PK757 after unconfirmed reports of a security threat.
Essex Police said the diversion was due to reports of a disruptive passenger on board and was ‘not believed to be a hijack situation or terror matter’.
PIA flight from Lahore to London Heathrow diverted to Stansted airport over reports of a suspicious item on the plane
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A spokesman said: “An aircraft was diverted to Stansted Airport at around 3pm this afternoon, Tuesday, February 7, while over UK airspace en-route to Heathrow Airport due to reports of a disruptive passenger on board.
“The plane is currently at the airport and officers are making enquiries. There is no disruption to the ongoing operation of Stansted Airport.
“This is not believed to be a hijack situation or terror matter.”
According to the Telegraph, a spokesman for Stansted said the diverted plane was a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Lahore.
He added: “The aircraft is likely to continue its journey onwards to Heathrow today pending inquiries that the police are making into the individual on the aircraft.”