Man arrested at Stansted after aircraft diverted

A 37-year-old man has been arrested following an incident on board an aircraft which was diverted to Stansted Airport in Essex.

The Etihad Airways plane left Abu Dhabi earlier in the day and had been due to land at Heathrow Airport before its destination was changed.

Two RAF Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled from RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, during the incident.

Stansted Airport said operations were suspended while the plane landed.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: "Typhoon aircraft were launched this morning to escort a passenger aircraft due to an incident on board. The aircraft landed safely at Stansted Airport."

An Etihad Airways spokeswoman said: "The flight (EY19) was diverted from Heathrow to Stansted. This was done to offload a disruptive passenger.

"It was a question of inappropriate comments made on the flight and a disruptive passenger. There was no threat to the safety of the aircraft or the passengers."

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