Manchester Police have arrest a man on suspicion a hoax bomb threat after a plane was escorted into the city’s airport by an RAF fighter jet when the pilot reported concerns about a possible device.
According to a Sky News report, the plane is Qatar Airways flight QR23 from Doha to Manchester. It landed safely and an investigation into the emergency continues.
In a statement Qatar Airways said it was an Airbus A330-300.
“There were 269 passengers and 13 Qatar Airways crew on board. The crew onboard had received a threat about a possible device on board and Qatar Airways immediately took all the necessary precautions to alert British authorities.
“The crew is now fully assisting police at the airport with their inquiries.
“The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is our top priority. As this is a matter of a police investigation, we cannot comment further at this time.”
Greater Manchester Police tweeted that officers were working to get other passengers off “as swiftly and safely as possible”.
“The plane has been moved to allow specialist officers who are dealing with the incident to board,” said another tweet.
Chief Superintendent John O’Hare said in a statement: “An incoming plane has been escorted into the airport by the Royal Air Force as a result of information received by the pilot about a possible device on board.
“We don’t know how genuine this threat is but it is absolutely vital we deal with the situation as a full emergency.
“As a result people will see the police and other agencies at the airport and on the airfield.
“At this time I would urge them not to be alarmed.
“Our response will be as comprehensive as it is proportionate with the safety of those on board and in and around the airport our paramount concern.”