RAF fighter jet escorts passenger plane into Manchester airport amid captain’s fears of device on board

A plane landing at Manchester airport was escorted by an RAF Typhoon fighter jet this afternoon after the captain became concernedDaily Mail – by Richard Spillett

An incoming plane has been escorted into Manchester Airport by the RAF ‘as a result of information received by the pilot about a possible device on board’, Greater Manchester Police said.

It is thought that the plane involved was a Qatar Airways Airbus A330, which had reportedly come from Doha, and that the RAF plane was a Typhoon from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.  

Reports suggest the plane has landed and is now surrounded by armed police officers and fire engines on the runway.

Chief Superintendent John O’Hare, 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.’

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