Jets escort Qatar Airways plane to Manchester airport over possible 'device'
Published on Aug 5, 2014 9:07 PM
LONDON (REUTERS) - British fighter jets escorted a passenger plane into Manchester airport on Tuesday after the pilot reported that a suspect device was possibly on board, 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," 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 Defence declined to comment.
A spokesman for the airport said the plane was operated by Qatar Airways.