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PILOT REPORTS POSSIBLE DEVICE

Buses carry disembarked passengers from the aircraft.

Fighter Jet escorts Qatar Airways plane into UK airport

London, August 5, 2014

A British fighter jet escorted a Qatar Airways passenger plane into Manchester airport on Tuesday after the pilot reported that a suspect device was possibly on board, police said.

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

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 Defence declined to comment. -Reuters




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