Man jailed for three years after making a bomb hoax on board a plane

15:20 30 April 2014

Alan Patey has been jailed for three years for endangering an aircraft.

Alan Patey has been jailed for three years for endangering an aircraft.

Archant

A man has been jailed for three years for endangering an aircraft.

Alan Patey, 49, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to making a bomb hoax. It happened whilst he was on board a Sri Lankan Airlines A330 Airbus which was flying from Sri Lanka to Heathrow on Friday, September 20.

As a result of his threats, the aircraft had to be diverted to Stansted Airport, causing inconvenience and distress to the passengers on board.

Essex Police officers boarded the plane once it had landed and arrested Patey and another 57-year-old man who was later released without charge. The other passengers had to travel onwards to Heathrow by coach.

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 today reflects the actions of Mr Patey and should act as a deterrent to others considering similar actions.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Saffron Walden Reporter visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Saffron Walden Reporter staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Saffron Walden Reporter account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Teddy Frost age 7 is watched by his mum Gemma Frost as Lance Corporal Fox puts him through his paces

Families flocked to the open day at Carver Barracks in Wimbish on Saturday (July 23), with some 6,000 people enjoying the displays and stalls.

Yesterday, 08:00
Volunteers at the emergency response training exercise in Dunmow

Imagine a 500 pound unexploded World War Two bomb being found at Woodlands Park housing estate in Dunmow and 200 homes being evacauted due to the incident.

Fri, 12:32
Violet Tucker

Violet Tucker from Saffron Walden has won a scholarship for a full-time place at the prestigious Susi Earnshaw Theatre School in London.

Thu, 17:00
Jeff Leach (centre) with senator Pat Roberts and wife Franki (left), senator James M.Inhofe and wife Kay (right) and senator Roger Wicker and wife Gayle (front). Also pictured are bar staff Michelle Millington (left) and Hannah Gavin (right).

A Saffron Walden pub received a surprise visit from three Republican US senators after a chance meeting with the landlord in the Market Square.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Saffron Walden Reporter e-edition E-edition

Most read stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters: