Fighter jet escorts plane into Manchester Airport

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An aeroplane which had to be escorted into Manchester Airport by a fighter jet this afternoon over fears that a device was on board is reported to have flown over the Peak District.

The Qatar Airways flight was escorted by an RAF Typhoon after information was received by the pilot about a possible device on board.

Chief Superintendent John O’Hare, of Greater Manchester 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.

“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.”

GMP added that a man onboard the plane has been arrested on suspicion of making hoax bomb threats.

An RAF spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Typhoon aircraft were launched from RAF Coningsby in their quick reaction alert role this afternoon to investigate a civilian aircraft whose pilot had requested assistance.

“The aircraft was escorted to Manchester where it landed safely. This incident is now being handled by the civilian authorities.”