Jets escort Qatar Airways plane to Manchester airport over possible 'device'

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 05, 2014 9:05 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - British fighter jets escorted a passenger plane into Manchester airport on Tuesday after the pilot reported that a suspect device was possibly on board, police 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," Chief Superintendent John O’Hare said in a statement.

“We don’t know how genuine this threat is but it is absolutely vital we deal with the situation as a full emergency," he added.

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The Ministry of Defence declined to comment.

A spokesman for the airport said the plane was operated by Qatar Airways.

(Reporting by Paul Sandle and Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Andrew Osborn)