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A group of irate economy air passengers were arrested after storming the first class cabin of an international flight in mid-air, it has been revealed. The pilot of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) jet radioed ahead after 14 people upgraded themselves.


They were all arrested on suspicion of endangering the aircraft after landing at Manchester Airport on Friday.


The mutiny came after the plane was delayed for four hours on the tarmac in soaring heat at Islamabad Airport.


The luxury section was said to be virtually empty on the Boeing 747 while economy was packed.


Police were called before the plane landed in the UK because the passengers refused to leave when asked by cabin crew.


A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "Police at Manchester Airport were alerted to a problem on an incoming PIA flight from Pakistan.


"Several passengers were reported to be trying to enter the first class area of the plane.


"When the plane landed, 14 of the passengers were arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft in flight.


"They have all been bailed until the end of June, pending further inquiries."


The airline has refused to comment.





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