Eye witnesses tell of terror on passenger plane: Pendle men in court

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A passenger on board a Pakistan International Airline plane diverted to Stansted Airport told a jury today he was “scared” the plane would crash and everyone would be killed.

Muhammad Shehzad said one of two men accused of making a bomb threat was “angry and threatening” and added: “I was scared as the plane was at very high altitude.

“This man was very angry. I was scared he might hit a window with something that could cause the window to break and the plane to crash and all of us would have died.”

Tayyab Subhani (30), of Townley Street, Brierfield, and Mohammed Safdar (42), of Hallam Street, Nelson, deny on May 24th endangering the safety of the plane by communicating intentionally that some passengers and crew would be killed and the aircraft blown up.

Mr Shehzad continued: “He was swearing but mild swearing. He was behaving extremely aggressively, if not barbaric. He also threatened me and other passengers. I was scared so I sat down.”

Another passenger Muhammad Tahir said Safdar told the crew member - while making a sign of a cross on his palm - “you know this is your last flight.”

The hearing continues.