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Plane makes emergency diversion and police arrest men

September 24, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Two men were arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after a A330-200  carrying over 200 passengers was diverted to London Stansted Airport at the start of the weekend.

SriLankan Airlines flight UL503 from Colombo landed safely and taxied to a separate, high-security section of Stansted Airport, Britain’s regional Harlow Star newspaper reported. FIA-250x250

Police officers boarded the aircraft and arrested two men. Inquiries continue and more about the men’s alleged actions will no doubt emerge.

Stansted is Britain’s designated airport for hijacking and other high-security incidents.

On 24 May 2013, Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Lahore carrying 308 passengers and 14 crew, and escort it to Stansted. The pilots had issued a distress code signalling an emergency about 10 minutes before the flight was due to land at Manchester.

Two men were arrested after that incident and charged with endangering an aircraft.

They turned out to be Taxi driver Tayyab Subhani, 30, and restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar, 41, both from Lancashire, who were reportedly flying home after attending Safdar’s mother’s funeral.

They are alleged to have threatened that “crew and passengers would be killed and the aircraft blown up before landing, which was false, misleading or deceptive”, the Harlow Star reported.

They deny the charge.

Written by  : Peter Needham

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