Qatar Airways aircraft in midair security alert

5 Aug 2014 by GrahamSmith

Military jets have escorted a Qatar Airways passenger plane into Manchester Airport after reports of a possible device on board.

Armed police met flight QR023 from Doha — an Airbus A330 — and arrested a man on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat.

All flights into and out of the airport were suspended for 25 minutes. The facility has now reopened.

Flight QR023, which was carrying 269 passengers and 13 crew, was escorted in to land at Manchester after “information received by the pilot”.

Greater Manchester Police treated the incident as a “full emergency”.

Prior to his officers making an arrest, Chief Superintendent John O’Hare said: “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.”

Graham Smith

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