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Two men 'threatened to blow up plane' diverted to Stansted

Two men forced an airliner to be grounded after threatening to kill passengers and cabin crew by blowing up the plane while it was in flight, a court heard.

Taxi driver Tayyab Subhani, 30, and restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar, 42, both from Nelson, in Lancashire, were among 347 passengers on a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Lahore to Manchester in May this year.

The Boeing 777 was diverted to Stansted Airport, in Essex, after the prosecution say the defendants made threats to kill the passengers and cabin crew and blow up the plane.

The men deny endangering the safety of an aircraft, which was escorted by RAF Typhoon jets.

Gareth George reports from Chelmsford Crown Court.

  • 12 Nov 2013
  • From the section Essex