Bomb hoax passenger jailed for three years

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A passenger who made a bomb hoax on board a plane has been jailed for three years.

Alan Patey, 49, admitted making threats on a Sri Lankan Airlines plane, which had to be diverted to Stansted Airport on September 20 last year.

The jet was due to fly from Sri Lanka to Heathrow, with other passengers completing their journey by coach after being forced to land at Stansted.

Essex Police officers boarded the plane once it landed and arrested Patey, of no fixed address, along with another 57-year-old man who was later released without charge.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett, senior investigating officer from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "This was a traumatic incident for the pilot, the crew and passengers on flight UL 503 from Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom.

“They not only had to be escorted from the plane for their own safety, but were naturally delayed in reaching their final destination.

“The courage of the pilot and his crew should be highlighted in the calm professional way they dealt with the situation believing there was a device on board.

“The sentence reflects the actions of Mr Patey and should act as a deterrent to others considering similar actions." (Daily Gazette)
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  • tony Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:01 AM

    SEPALA EKANAYAKE WAS DEFINITELY A HERO CAUSE HE SUCCEEDED THE ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD

    dcol Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:54 AM

    no fixed address means ; he is a Gypsy or "traveler" means very likely to be dodgdy

    Flyer Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:14 AM

    Will this guy become a hero like our Sepala Ekanayake?????? via DM iPad app

    rosebud Thursday, 01 May 2014 05:14 PM

    Are these the people we should allow into our country as tourists? Bravo to Sri Lankan Airlines Captain and crew and the British justice system for their professional and swift handling of the situation. via DM Android App

    Nimal Thursday, 01 May 2014 03:48 AM

    The 3 year prison sentence should give you plenty of time to think about your stupid actions!

    ANTON Thursday, 01 May 2014 04:42 AM

    HE MUST BE SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC MENTAL DISORDER, THERE IS NO PROPER MOTIVE BEHIND HIS ACTION BUT SEPALA HAD.zdkc

    dalubanda Thursday, 01 May 2014 04:53 AM

    The early sentence to the culprit is an example to third world and that shows how effective the appropriate systems in developed world like UK in dealing with lawlessness.

    OMG Thursday, 01 May 2014 06:33 AM

    Have a good look. These are the kind of people who come to Sri Lanka ans tourists. High spending ones go to Maldives.


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