A SriLankan Airlines wet leased aircraft operated by its own pilots and cabin crew and used by Pakistan International Airlines to fly from Lahore to London Heathrow, was intercepted by RAF typhoon fighter jets and forced to land at Stansted Airport, after an anonymous phone call had been received regarding a security issue yesterday.
The SriLankan Airlines aircraft 4R ALN used for this operation by PIA, was flown by SriLankan Airlines Capt. Maleen Perera and First Officer Malavi Pathirane whilst the Cabin Crew consisted of SriLankan Airlines Cabin Supervisor Hettiarachchige Lakshman, Cabin Crew Members Mohamad Azman, Dilshan Alwis and along with a few other PIA Cabin Crew Members.
All passengers and crew were reported to be safe as ongoing investigations were being carried out at Stansted Airport.
SriLankan Airlines despite losing millions of rupees on this current wet lease deal with PIA, could be further embroiled in a bigger problem with the UK Civil Aviation Authorities, as it is reliably learnt that the business visas and the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority endorsed flying licenses accorded to the Cabin Crew Members for this operation had expired a couple of days ago.(Janaka Ranaweera)