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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Qatar Airways Lockdown At Manchester Airport!

An incoming plane has been escorted into Manchester airport by the RAF over fears that a device was on board.

Greater Manchester Police said the RAF involvement came "as a result of information received by the pilot about a possible device on board".

It is thought that the plane involved was a Qatar Airways Airbus A330 and that the RAF plane was a Typhoon from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

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The plane (left) being escorted in by an RAF Typhoon (right)

It is currently at the airport and being held at the end of the runway.

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."

Flights to the airport are being diverted to Leeds Bradford Airport, it has been reported.

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The plane's route

Witness Paul Bell, who was on his way to the airport in a taxi, told Sky News that he saw the RAF Typhoon meet the passenger plane.

He said: "We heard the fighter jet circling over Stockport, and literally 10 minutes later we saw the plane coming in being followed by it.

"We saw the (RAF Typhoon) coming in, literally flying around the aeroplane.

"It then pinged up on the sat nav that the airport is on lock-down.

"There are lots of people hanging around, checking their phones. We're stuck in a massive traffic jam. There are no planes landing or taking off."

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