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?UK fighter jets escort Pakistan Airlines flight to Stansted airport over bomb threat

Bomb scare on Pakistan plane. (Representative image) Photograph: (AFP)

WION London, United Kingdom Feb 07, 2017, 04.12 PM (IST)

Britain scrambled fighter jets on Tuesday to escort a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft to Stansted airport.

"Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft were launched this afternoon from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft," the Ministry of Defence official told Reuters.

"The aircraft was intercepted and safely escorted to Stansted airport," the ministry said. Reports said there was a bomb on board the flight. 

Media reports said officials are scanning passengers, their luggage and sweeping the plane for any suspicious objects.

Flight tracking websites said PIA flight PK757 from Lahore to Heathrow had been diverted to Stansted in south-east England. PIA did not immediately respond to requests for comment, Reports said.

(WION with agency inputs)

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