LONDON (AP) — Police say they have arrested a man on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat after a Qatar Airways flight landed with a military fighter escort at Britain’s Manchester Airport.
There were 269 passengers and 13 crew on board Qatar Airways Flight 23 from Doha, Qatar, which made a safe landing on Tuesday after the pilot received a warning of a possible device on board.
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A Royal Air Force fighter jet escorted a Qatar Airways plane to a safe landing at Manchester Airport Tuesday, following a warning of a possible device on board.
Greater Manchester Police said it was not immediately known if the threat was genuine, but that it was “absolutely vital that we deal with the situation as a full emergency.”
The runway was briefly closed, but police said the airport was working as usual. The plane was moved to allow specialist officers to board.
Chief Superintendent John O’Hare says that people will see the police and other agencies at the airport and that the public should not be alarmed.
Police said they were dealing with the matter as “an isolated incident.”
The Ministry of Defense confirmed that Typhoon aircraft were launched in their quick reaction alert role to investigate “a civilian aircraft whose pilot had requested assistance.”
“The aircraft was escorted to Manchester where it landed safely,” the ministry said in a statement. “This incident is now being handled by the civilian authorities.”