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Thread: Fighter Jets Escort Pakistani Passenger Plane to Stansted

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    Default Fighter Jets Escort Pakistani Passenger Plane to Stansted

    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...

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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.

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    they are not the brightest terrorists in the toolbox

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dylan2010 View Post
    they are not the brightest terrorists in the toolbox
    Indeed,two bricks short of a picnic.

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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!
    There's a lot to be said for the fellow who doesn't say it himself. -- Maurice Switzer

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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!
    Life is hard
    That's why no-one survives

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankSpeaks View Post
    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.
    Life is hard
    That's why no-one survives

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankSpeaks View Post
    What could the Irish Air Corp do if we had to escorts a plane into an airport?


    We don't have fighter jets!
    RAF of course. Another British solution to an Irish problem.

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    Two passengers brawling just before landing and making bomb threats, afterwards saying they were 'joking'. Silly people!
    “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” - Socrates

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