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Airplane threat suspects remanded

Two friends who allegedly threatened to blow up an airplane and kill its passengers and crew have been remanded in custody.

Taxi driver and supermarket employee Tayyab Subhani (30) and restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar (41) appeared yesterday at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court charged with endangering an aircraft.

The count alleges the defendants made false threats that the "crew and passengers would be killed and the aircraft blown up before landing which was false, misleading or deceptive".

The defendants spoke only to confirm their names and addresses but their lawyers said they would deny the charge.

The duo were arrested on Friday at Stansted Airport after Pakistan International Airways flight PK709 from Lahore was diverted from Manchester.

The Boeing 777, carrying 308 passengers, was shadowed into Stansted by an RAF fighter jet.

Safdar, a married father-of-three, of Hallam Crescent, and Subhani, of Townley Street, both Nelson, Lancs, will appear again at Chelmsford court on August 5.

Belfast Telegraph