RAF Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled this afternoon to escort a Pakistan International Airlines flight Manchester bound into Stansted.

Flight PK709
Flight PK709 – Screenshot planefinder.net

Pakistan International Airlines flight PK709 (callsign PIA709) from Lahore, Pakistan had been expected to arrive in Manchester, England at 14:00 BST.

The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, registration number AP-BID, was instead intercepted over the North Sea and looped round over Yorkshire before landing in Stansted.

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You can watch a playback of the flight here on planefinder.net.

We understand that Essex Police and security forces met the aircraft at Stansted airport, Essex.

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PIA 777 – AP-BID – Photo © Jhhn Smitherman – pinkfroot.com

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