RAF SCRAMBLE TWO FIGHTER JETS TO ESCORT PAKISTAN FLIGHT TO STANSTED AIRPORT– The RAF scrambled two Typhoon Fighter jets to intercept and escort a Pakistan flight to Stansted Airport; away from its original destination of Manchester Airport, after two Pakistani nations attempted to break in to the cockpit of the international flight over the UK.
It was reported that the captain of the flight activated the emergency signals as it reached the UK resulting in the RAF taking action to ensure it wasn’t a possible terrorist attack by Islamic fundamentalists.
Security forces have announced that this incident is not related to terrorism but rather an incident with two passengers on-board which turned violent.
At arriving at Stansted Airport armed officers boarded the Boeing 777 and arrested two British nationals on grounds of ‘endangerment of an aircraft’.
Flight PK709 carrying a total of 297 passengers and 11 crew members was due to land at Manchester but was diverted under escort by two Typhoon fighter jets scrambled from a nearby Airbase.
Report from passengers described how the two men had twice tried to enter the cockpit and that cabin crew had asked them on both occasions to take their seats – it was after the second attempt that a heated argument erupted with the two passengers and cabin crew.
In the pursing argument cabin crew advised the captain that the two passengers had threatened to blow up the aircraft which the captain then reported to his superiors via radio to PIA headquarters and initiated the emergency code that was transmitted to the RAF which reports that the aircraft is under attack.
Passengers reported that they certainly felt very uneasy once they could see two RAF Typhoon fighter jets on either side of the aircraft which had been scrambled for RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.
Initially the captain announced to passengers that it was diverting to Stansted due to weather problems and only upon landing did he advice passengers of the possible threat.
Stansted Airport is the preferred choice of airports for any flight that is in trouble as it has a remote area within the airport, known as Compass Base, that is far removed from the main terminal and other buildings and allows for security services to completely seal off an aircraft.
In the wake of the recent terrorist attack which saw a young British Solider hacked to death in broad daylight in Woolwich just days ago the country and security services remain on high-alert.
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