Two men charged after Friday’s passenger plane scare

Passengers disembark Pakistan International Airlines flight PK709 bound for Manchester from Lahore, at Stansted Airport, Essex after the plane was diverted following an incident on board.
Passengers disembark Pakistan International Airlines flight PK709 bound for Manchester from Lahore, at Stansted Airport, Essex after the plane was diverted following an incident on board.
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Two men who caused a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft to be diverted from landing at Manchester Airport on Friday have been charged with endangering an aircraft

The two men have been named as Tayyab Subhani, 30, and Mohammed Safdar, 41, both of Nelson, Lancashire.

Flight PK709 was travelling from Lahore with 297 passengers on board and was due to land around 2pm.

It was diverted to London Stansted and an RAF Typhoon jet was scrambled to escort the plane.

Police officers boarded after it landed at Stansted and removed the men.

The RAF jet was scrambled following an incident around 10 minutes before the plane was due to land in Manchester.

The airline said there had been 308 passengers on board, as well as 14 crew including pilots, with a mixture of Pakistani and British passport holders.