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Passenger plane escorted to Manchester by fighter jet after reports of device on board

A man has been arrested on suspicion of making a fake bomb threat.

A PASSENGER PLANE has been escorted to Manchester Airport after an alarm was raised that there may have been a device on board.

The flight is believed to have been destined for Manchester, having left Doha in Qatar earlier today.

Flights in to Manchester are now being diverted to Leeds.

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A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson told people not to be alarmed and added that it was unknown if the threat was genuine.

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. 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.”

A passenger has been taken off the plane, arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat.


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