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A British man has been held by police after a suspected bomb hoax earlier today on a Manchester bound Qatar airways flight. A note was reportedly passed to the pilot by a passenger alerting the crew to a potential bomb threat on the plane, leading to the Pilot alerting airport officials on ground.
An RAF fighter jet was promptly dispatched to escort the plane until it landed just off the runway at Manchester airport.
A Qatar airways spokesperson said, “Qatar Airways can confirm that flight QR23 from Doha to Manchester, an Airbus A330-300, landed safely at Manchester Airport ahead of its scheduled arrival time of 13:15.
“There were 269 passengers and 13 Qatar Airways crew on board. The crew had received a threat about a possible device on board and #QatarAirways 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.”
Passengers said they were relatively unaware of the incident and many only found out about it on arrival in Manchester.
One passenger Josh Hartley who kept the media and the whole world updated as events unfolded on the plane through a series of photos on Twitter from the plane told the BBC, “The flight was pretty calm all the way through, but some people are shaken up, quite a few. It was scary.
“One guy has been escorted off the plane already but we’re still on it. We’ve heard nothing yet. We’ve had no information all the way through this.”