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Psychiatrists to examine man over 'bomb hoax' on Qatar-UK flight

Published on Aug 6, 2014 6:25 PM
Airport personnel are seen at the foot of the stairs of the Qatar Airways plane that was forced to make an emergency landing at Manchester Airport on Aug 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - A man arrested over a suspected bomb hoax on a Manchester-bound Qatar Airways flight has been ordered to take a psychiatric evaluation under Britain's Mental Health Act, police said Wednesday.

The 47-year-old from northwest England had been detained by armed officers who met flight QR23 from Doha when it arrived at Manchester Airport on Tuesday, escorted by a Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon fighter jet.

Greater Manchester Police said that the man had now been been committed under the mental health act, known as "sectioned" in Britain.

"Following his arrest he was assessed by medical staff and again by a mental health team," a spokesman said.

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