UK: 2 men charged after Pakistan plane diverted

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Associated Press

Posted on May 26, 2013 at 5:03 AM

Updated Sunday, May 26 at 12:31 PM

LONDON (AP) — British authorities have charged two men with endangering an aircraft after a plane carrying more than 300 people from Pakistan to Britain was diverted mid-flight.

Essex Police said Sunday that 30-year-old taxi driver Tayyab Subhani and 41-year-old restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar will appear in court on Monday.

Both men, from Lancashire in northwestern England, remain in custody.

A Typhoon fighter jet was scrambled on Friday to divert the Pakistan International Airlines plane traveling from Lahore, Pakistan, to Manchester, and forced it to land at London's Stansted Airport. The Boeing 777 plane landed safely.

Details about what happened onboard are sketchy but a security official said the situation did not appear to be terror-related.

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