A passenger plane en route to Manchester Airport was escorted in by an RAF fighter jet after the pilot of the plane detailed his concerns about a possible device aboard.
Chief Superintendent John O’Hare of Greater Manchester Police issued a statement, saying: “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.”
The plane landed safely and was boarded by police; a man was arrested and detained. He was arrested for making a fake bomb threat.
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