U.K. mil­i­tary jets es­cort civil­ian plane to Lon­don air­port

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

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.

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