U.K. military jets escort civilian plane to London airport
LONDON — British fighter jets escorted a Pakistani civilian airliner to Stansted Airport near London on Tuesday after a passenger became disruptive, authorities said.
The Royal Air Force said it launched Typhoon jets from a base in eastern England on Tuesday afternoon, and that the airliner “was intercepted and safely escorted to Stansted Airport,” north of the capital.
The plane was a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Lahore bound for London’s Heathrow Airport, according to Stansted Airport.
Essex Police said the diversion was due to a “disruptive passenger.”
Officers spoke to people on the plane and the airport remained open, it said.
London police later said that a 52-year-old passenger on the plane was arrested on suspicion of fraud offences. He had been due to be arrested at Heathrow when the plane landed.