Man in court over Sri Lankan Airlines Stansted bomb hoax

Sri Lankan Airlines plane at Stansted Airport
Image caption The Sri Lankan Airlines Airbus A330 diverted into Stansted

A man has appeared in court charged over a bomb hoax that led to an aircraft being diverted to Stansted Airport.

The Sri Lankan Airlines plane flying from Colombo to Heathrow was forced to make an emergency landing at the Essex airport on 20 September.

Alan Patey, 49, of no fixed abode, entered no plea at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on 2 December.

A 57-year-old man arrested on suspicion of the same offence remains on police bail.

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