Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Two Held over 'Fight Threat' on Plane to Manchester

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Two Held over 'Fight Threat' on Plane to Manchester

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TWO men are being questioned by police after a passenger plane was diverted from Manchester to Stansted Airport.

They were held on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft after an RAF Typhoon jet was scrambled to escort the plane which was travelling from Pakistan to the UK.

The incident took place as the passenger flight PK 709 from Lahore was minutes from landing in Manchester.

It is believed a passenger on the flight allegedly threatened to blow up the plane after other passengers tried to intervene in a row he was embroiled in.

Murtaza Ali Shah, a journalist, said he had spoken to a friend on board the plane, Fakhir Iqbal, a political activist, who was sitting behind the man who made the threat.

Mr Shah said his friend told him: "Two guys started a row with a girl and lots of other people.

"Some people tried to calm them and asked them not to be rowdy and abusive. Fakhir told them to calm down. They said 'don't bloody speak to us or we will blow up the plane'. …

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