Man charged with fraud after Pakistan International Airlines plane given RAF escort to Stansted Airport

 Scotland Yard says man's been charged with fraud after Pakistan International Airlines plane is given RAF escort to Stansted Airport

A flight was diverted to Stansted airport on Tuesday afternoon

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Scotland Yard has confirmed a man arrested after a passenger flight was given an RAF fighter jet escort to Stansted Airport has been charged with fraud.

The Pakistan International Airlines plane, on route to Heathrow from Lahore, was diverted to the Essex airport after an anonymous phone call led to a major security alert in the afternoon on Tuesday (February 7). 

Khalid Baqa was due to be arrested at Heathrow, but the diversion meant he was held at Stansted instead.

Baqa, a 52-year-old British national, wasn't believed to have made the call that led to the RAF diversion, which was prompted by the disruptive behaviour of an unrelated passenger.

He has been charged with committing fraud by false representation and will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on February 23.