London Heathrow Airport

UK military jets escort civilian plane to London airport

British fighter jets escorted a Pakistani civilian airliner to Stansted Airport near London on Tuesday after a passenger became disruptive, authorities said.

The Royal Air Force said it launched Typhoon jets from a base in eastern England on Tuesday afternoon, and that the airliner "was intercepted and safely escorted to Stansted Airport," north of the capital.

The plane was a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Lahore bound for London's Heathrow Airport, according to Stansted Airport.

Essex Police said the diversion was due to a "disruptive passenger." Officers spoke to people on the plane and the airport remained open, it said.