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2 charged after Manchester-Pakistan flight diverted

Fighter jets were scrambled during the incident. Picture:PA

Fighter jets were scrambled during the incident. Picture:PA

  • by ANGUS HOWARTH
 

TWO men have been charged with endangering an aircraft after a passenger jet was diverted mid-flight, police said.

Taxi driver Tayyab Subhani, 30, and restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar, 41, both from Nelson in Lancashire, will appear in court tomorrow, Essex Police said.

The charges are in connection with an incident on Friday involving a Pakistan International Airways airliner at Stansted Airport.

An RAF Typhoon jet was scrambled to escort the Boeing 777 flight to Manchester over UK airspace before it was diverted to the Essex airport, where it landed at 2.15pm.

Essex Police said the men would remain in custody ahead of their court appearance.

They will remain in police custody until their court appearance.

 

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