2 Men Arrested Over Flight 'Endangerment'

Plane en route to UK diverted, escorted by fighter jet

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 24, 2013 9:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – British police say two men have been arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft after an incident on a civilian plane flying from Pakistan to England. A jet was launched to divert the Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying nearly 300 passengers to Britain's Stansted Airport today. It was originally supposed to have landed in Manchester. Essex Police said that two men have been arrested and removed from the plane, which is on an isolated runway at the airport.

In an unrelated incident earlier today, a British Airways jet made an emergency landing at London's Heathrow Airport after developing a technical problem shortly after takeoff. TV footage showed smoke streaming from one of the engines. Passengers were evacuated safely and both runways at the airport were briefly closed, but have since resumed operations.

A Pakistan International Airlines plane is seen after a previous emergency landing, Sept. 7, 2011. This is not the plane involved in today's incident.
A Pakistan International Airlines plane is seen after a previous emergency landing, Sept. 7, 2011. This is not the plane involved in today's incident.   (AP Photo)
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