A man is escorted off a Qatar Airways aircraft by police.
Man held for bomb threat on Qatar Airways plane
Manchester, August 5, 2014
A man on board a Qatar Airways plane escorted into Manchester airport by a fighter jet on Tuesday has been arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat, British police said.
The crew of the Doha to Manchester flight had received a threat about a possible device on board.
Passengers have now been allowed off the plane, Greater Manchester police added in a statement.
Earlier reports said the pilot reported that a suspect device was possibly on board.
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.