RAF jets intercept flight  to assist the Met Police arrest passenger at Stansted

RAF jets have scrambled to divert a Pakistan Airlines jet with a disruptive passenger to Stansted airport.

The jets were scrambled to assist the Met Police in arresting a wanted man who became disruptive to a passenger on board. 

Police confirmed that a plan had been diverted to Standsted airport just before 3PM from Pakistan International Airlines flight from Lahore.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed it deployed its Typhoon jets to divert the aircraft which had originally been en route to London Heathrow.

An MoD statement read: “Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft were launched this afternoon from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft.
“The aircraft was intercepted and safely escorted to Stansted airport.”
The diversion was due to reports of a disruptive passenger on board and was “not believed to be a hijack situation or terror matter”, Essex Police confirmed.