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Fighter Jets Escort Pakistani Passenger Plane to Stansted


Mikey Moloney

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Breaking news:

RAF fighter jets have escorted a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft from Manchester Airport to Stansted Airport, a Ministry of Defence spokesman has said.

A witness speaking in Urdu to Pakistani station Geo TV, said that two men over 6 feet tall tried to enter the pilot's cabin.

Essex Police have confirmed that two men have been arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft after the plane landed safely at Stansted.

There are understood to have been 297 passengers on board flight PK709, who were travelling from Lahore.

The aircraft - due to land at 1.30pm - was heading west towards Manchester when it was suddenly re-routed near York and headed back out to the North Sea, before travelling south to Stansted.
Fighter Jets Scrambled To Passenger Plane



An incident has occurred on board but beyond that not much is known. A Sky correspindednt has said that:

"It would be wrong at the moment to draw any conclusions but an incident nonetheless that the military feel is necessary to carry out this operation to make sure that plane lands safely at Stansted Airport."

Guess more will follow...
 

SilverSpurs

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I have regularly flown Manchester-Dublin when the last three flights leaving the terminal were:
PIA to Pakistan
Ryanair to Dublin
AB to Pakistan

UK border agency used to inspect passports before you entered duty free. Customs used to open peoples bags before duty free. Greater Manchester police patrolling the duty free area with machine guns.
Very intimidating indeed.
 

FrankSpeaks

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What could the Irish Air Corp do if we had to escorts a plane into an airport?


We don't have fighter jets!
 

firefly123

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And to think if proper doors were installed on planes pre 9/11 then there wouldn't have been a 9/11! Airlines resisted due to weight of a steel door or some such nonsense. The lads in El Al had it sussed!
 

firefly123

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What could the Irish Air Corp do if we had to escorts a plane into an airport?


We don't have fighter jets!
If we got fighter jets P.ie might implode with the self righteous rage of how much they cost.
 

TheMushyStuff

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Two passengers brawling just before landing and making bomb threats, afterwards saying they were 'joking'. Silly people!
 

drummed

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What could the Irish Air Corp do if we had to escorts a plane into an airport?


We don't have fighter jets!
We'd call the RAF is what we'd do if a real drama arose. What else could we do? We have nothing which would catch an Airbus/Boeing.
 
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Dylan2010

What could the Irish Air Corp do if we had to escorts a plane into an airport?


We don't have fighter jets!
its very very low risk, the only scenario I could think off is someone wanting to make Jedward stop or some such
 

Fritzbox

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RAF of course. Another British solution to an Irish problem.
Just as we used to rely on the RAF for Search & rescue in Irish waters for many years, until we eventually splashed out on our own rescue service.
 
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Dylan2010

We'd call the RAF is what we'd do if a real drama arose. What else could we do? We have nothing which would catch an Airbus/Boeing.
we could put the cabinet in the gov jet and threaten to collide it with the offending plane
 

milestogo

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We'd call the RAF is what we'd do if a real drama arose. What else could we do? We have nothing which would catch an Airbus/Boeing.
The Luftwaffe.Germany owns the place so its their problem.
 
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