A man has been arrested after a passenger jet flying from Pakistan to Heathrow had to be diverted when police received an anonymous threat regarding the aircraft.
RAF Typhoon jets were scrambled to escort the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight to Stansted Airport in Essex following reports of disruption on board on Tuesday afternoon. Flight PK757 had been en-route from Lahore to Heathrow where Metropolitan Police officers were waiting to arrest a passenger as part of a pre-planned operation.
But sources at PIA British police had received “vague” security threats shortly after the Airbus A330 entered UK airspace, resulting in the flight being diverted in accordance with usual security procedures. It is not clear who made the alleged threats or whether they were related to the person on board who police intended to arrest.
A spokesman for Essex Police said officers had attended Stansted to greet the aircraft, but stressed that the incident was not being treated as a hijack or terrorist situation.