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British Jets Escort Plane After Bomb Threat on Qatar Airways Flight

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The Qatar Airways flight from Doha sits on the tarmac after having a military escort into Manchester Airport, a man has been arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat in Manchester, England. (Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 Aug 2014 09:36 AM

British fighter jets escorted a Quatar Airways passenger plane as it landed at a Manchester airport after the pilot reported "a possible device on board." It apparently was a bomb hoax.

A Reuters photographer said armed police had removed a man from the aircraft in connection with the incident.

The Associated Press reported police as saying they arrested a man on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat.

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There were 269 people on board Qatar Airways Flight 23 from Doha.

Manchester Airport was closed for 25 minutes before re-opening, an airport spokesman 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.

The Ministry of Defense said the fighters were launched to investigate "a civilian aircraft whose pilot had requested assistance."

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British fighter jets escorted a Quatar Airways passenger plane as it landed at a Manchester airport after the pilot reported "a possible device on board." It apparently was a bomb hoax.
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