Sep 21 2013
Two men have been arrested after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Stansted Airport, police have said.
Officers boarded the plane and arrested the pair on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.
The Sri Lankan Airlines A330 Airbus, which was carrying 267 passengers and crew, was due to land at Heathrow Airport but was diverted to the Essex airport just after 7.30pm on Friday.
The remaining passengers are being looked after at a reception centre at Stansted and are due to be transferred to Heathrow this morning.
A spokesman for Stansted said on Friday night: "Stansted Airport can confirm a Sri Lankan Airlines Airbus A330 diverted into Stansted at approximately 19.30 this evening.
"The aircraft, which was flying from Columbo to Heathrow, landed safely with Essex Police in attendance.
"The airport is open and flights are arriving and departing as normal."
A spokesman for Essex Police added: "Essex Police officers boarded the aircraft and arrested two men on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.
"The passengers have been removed safely. Inquiries are ongoing."