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Qatar Airways in emergency landing over bomb threat

Plane was escorted into landing by a Royal Air Force military jet.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

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Police in the UK have arrested a man on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat after a Qatar Airways plane was escorted into the UK's Manchester Airport by a Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter jet when the pilot reported concerns about a possible device.

Flight QR23, an Airbus A330-300, from Doha to Manchester landed safely and, while some incoming flights were diverted to Leeds Airport, officials said Manchester Airport is now operating as usual while police investgate the incident.

In a statement Qatar Airways said: "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’s chief superintendent John O’Hare said the incident was dealt with as a full emergency as itwas not known whether it was a genuine threat. He called the response "as comprehensive as it is proportionate, with the safety of those on board and in and around the airport our paramount concern”.

Click here to watch a video, shot by a passenger on board the plane, of the fighter jet escorting the Qatar Airways aircraft.

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