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Plane Forced To Land After Bomb Threat

Posted 5/25/2013 7:00 am by
Pakistani International flight 709 after an emergency landing.

Pakistani International flight 709 after an emergency landing.

These days, with increased terror threats and a general uneasiness, it’s pretty easy to get your plane escorted to an emergency landing by jet fighters.  Any sort of disturbance during an international flight is a pretty bad idea, and a flight going from Lahore, Pakistan to Manchester, England ended up with an escort from Typhoon jets from RAF Coningsby after a pair of passengers got into an argument and tried to barge into the cockpit while talking about blowing up the plane.  Pakistani International Airlines flight PK 709 was forced to land after two passengers made bomb threats.

One of the plane’s passengers, a Mr Munsif, described the scene:  “We were half an hour from Manchester when the pilot announced he was taking the plane down.  We landed safely.  He said he had some kind of threat from someone on the plane.  Three to four people boarded and two men were removed from the plane.  They were arrested and taken away in handcuffs.”

The plane was diverted to Stansted, only 10 minutes from its scheduled destination in Manchester.  Two British nationals, 30 and 41, were arrested.  The plane was searched and no bombs or explosives were found.  Funny how a possible explosion risk gets the same treatment as a guy smoking in the bathroom.

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