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.


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.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dunmow Broadcast 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 Dunmow Broadcast 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 Dunmow Broadcast 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

Leonard as a young pilot

There can be few people in the country more deserving of the title hero than Leonard Ratcliff. But he won’t hear of it. At 96, he is the only surviving member of the RAF’s 161 Squadron, which led covert moonlight operations into Nazi-occupied Europe during the Second World War. MICHAEL STEWARD met up with Leonard at his home in Great Chesterford, near Saffron Walden to discuss his remarkable wartime exploits.

Yesterday, 12:07

£5,000 in cash was stolen from a house in the Auton Croft area of Saffron Walden overnight on October 3 after thieves got into the property by unknown means. There was no sign of forced entry and all windows and doors were locked at the house.

Yesterday, 10:43
Talliston House

Talliston House, the ordinary three-bedroomed house in Great Dunmow which took 25 years and £1 million to transform with each room representing a different country and a different historical period, with some rooms now looking like a stately home, will be open to the public this weekend, from Friday to Sunday, October 16, 17 and 18.

Yesterday, 14:29
Stansted Airport

Bosses at Stansted Airport hope to set a new record for passenger numbers next year – as it moves ever-closer to offering scheduled long-haul flights.

Digital Edition

Read the Dunmow Broadcast e-edition E-edition

Most read stories