British police arrest 2 men after flight from Pakistan to England diverted by fighter jet

Airline couldn't contact pilot

LONDON - British police say they arrested two men after a flight from Pakistan to England was diverted by a fighter jet due to an "incident" on board.

British police say the men were arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft.

A British fighter jet was launched to divert the Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying nearly 300 passengers to Britain's Stansted Airport on Friday. The flght was scheduled to land in Manchester.

Britain's Ministry of Defense said the Typhoon fighter jet was launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian aircraft.

Mark Davison, press officer at Stansted Airport, confirmed that the plane landed safely on an isolated runway.

Essex Police said "an incident has occurred" on the plane and that two men were arrested and removed from the plane.

Pakistan International Airlines confirmed that its Flight P709 traveling from Lahore to Manchester was involved.
Spokesman Mashood Tajwar said the airline has been unable to contact the pilot of the airplane despite repeated attempts, adding that 297 passengers and 11 crew were on board the flight.

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