Two men are to appear in court charged with endangering an aircraft after a passenger jet was diverted mid-flight during the week.

The men, British nationals aged 30 and 41 and who have not been named, will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court tomorrow.

They were detained on Friday when a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Pakistan to Manchester was diverted to Stansted Airport in Essex.

An RAF Typhoon jet was scrambled to escort the Boeing 777 over UK airspace, and the pair were arrested after armed police boarded the plane.