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[BBC News] RAF Typhoon jets have been launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian aircraft within UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence has said.

A reported on board incident created an alert: Picture Wikipedia

A reported on board incident created an alert and diverted the aircraft: Picture Wikipedia

A Pakistan International Airlines plane has been diverted from Manchester to Stansted Airport, a Manchester Airport spokesman said.

An Essex Police spokeswoman added: “An incident has occurred on an aircraft. Police and partners are responding.”

The BBC understands that the plane has now landed in Stansted.

The plane reportedly left Lahore at 09:35 local time. It was due in at Manchester at 1400 BST.

 

UPDATE at 14:55

The BBC understands that the plane has now landed in Stansted.

BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said that police were expected to meet the plane at the airport. The plane, flight number PK709, reportedly left Lahore at 09:35 local time. It was due in at Manchester at 14:00 BST.

The MoD said responsibility for the incident had now passed to Essex Police and the Home Office. The MoD was not able to say how serious a threat there was on board.

An MoD spokesman said the incident was now a police matter and that “our involvement is over”.

He said Typhoon jets could be scrambled after the pilot or crew of a passenger aircraft sends out an emergency signal.

“The purpose of going up is to investigate what the situation is,” he said.

“Often when a Quick Reaction Alert aircraft is launched the details are not known, but it is known that a signal has been sent.

“Part of the purpose of sending a Typhoon up is to have a look and see what they can see.”

A Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Zufiqar Bijarani told CNN: “We have been told there may have been a bomb threat.” But he did not say if he had anything to confirm or deny this.

Stansted Airport said on Twitter that it was operating normally.

Pakistan International Airlines said there were 308 passengers on board, as well as 14 crew including pilots, with a mixture of Pakistani and British passport holders.

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BBC NEWS
24th May, 2013


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[Reuters]  Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Tuesday it was considering selling its 2,500-kilometre long aviation fuel network to generate income for the government looking to reduce its debt burden.

 Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) said today it will launch tender if sale plan approved.  Photo: Wikipedia

Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) said today it will launch tender if sale plan approved.
Photo: Wikipedia

The ministry launched a consultation on the sale on Tuesday and said it would call for an official tender if it decided to go ahead with the sale, a spokeswoman said.

“The benefits of selling GPSS (Government Pipeline and Storage System) include: generating a capital receipt for government; enabling increased private sector investment in the pipeline in order to increase the resilience of the system; and allowing commercial development,” the ministry said in a legislation document.

The spokeswoman said the ministry could not speculate on how much the network was worth.

The legal framework needed for the sale passed a first hurdle on Tuesday when the publication of the Draft Energy Bill proposed to allow the sale.

The final Energy Bill is expected to pass through Parliament in……

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Reuters
Tue May 22, 2012



[Telegraph] London airspace will be controlled by the Ministry of Defence for the first time since the Second World War during the Olympic Games to prevent terrorist attacks.

he area under military control will stretch from Brighton on the south coast to positions 15 miles north of Stansted and Luton airports to the north, the Thames estuary in the east and to the west of Reading.  Photo: Wikipedia

The area under military control will stretch from Brighton on the south coast to positions 15 miles north of Stansted and Luton airports to the north, the Thames estuary in the east and to the west of Reading. Photo: Wikipedia

Military personnel will take charge of airspace over much of south east England in seven weeks’ time and fighter jets will be stationed near the capital to respond to threats.

The MoD will control most of the airspace over the South East, in a wide area which pans from Brighton on the South Coast to locations 15 miles north of Stansted and Luton airports further north of London. The Thames estuary, from the east of the captial to the west, passed Reading, will also be carefully monitored.

Working out of the National Air Traffic Services (Nats) control centre at Swanwick, Hants, MoD staff will monitor all aircraft in the area during the Olympics.

However, civilian air traffic controllers will continue to guide jets carrying the extra 500,000 visitors expected during the Games into London airports.

The area under military control will stretch from Brighton on the south coast to positions 15 miles north of Stansted and Luton airports to the north, the Thames estuary in the east and to the west of Reading.

RAF jets will be stationed at Northolt, close to Heathrow, for the duration of the Games.

Charles Farr, head of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, who is in charge of the anti-terror strategy for the London Olympics, said that he was confident the aircraft would be…..

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Telegraph
22nd May 2012