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Plane Diverts To Stansted: Pair Arrested
Two men have been arrested after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Stansted Airport.
The Sri Lankan Airlines A330 Airbus, which was carrying 267 passengers and crew, was due to land at Heathrow but was diverted to the Essex airport just after 7.30pm on Friday.
Police officers boarded the plane, which had departed from Colombo, and arrested the pair on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.
However, Essex Police said their investigation was a criminal matter rather than a terrorism inquiry.
Both arrested men, aged 49 and 57, are British nationals, the force said.
The 49-year-old is being treated for a medical condition, not an injury, in hospital.
Essex Police added: "The 49-year-old is currently receiving medical treatment in hospital and the other is in custody at Harlow police station.
"They will be interviewed by detectives. The incident is being treated as a criminal investigation."
All of the passengers on board the aircraft left safely and have since travelled to Heathrow by coach.
A spokesman for Stansted confirmed the airport remained open, with all flights arriving and departing as normal.
In May this year, two men were arrested on board a plane from Pakistan carrying 297 passengers that was intercepted and diverted to Stansted by RAF typhoon jets.
Police later said the incident in May was being treated as criminal rather than terrorism-related.