Man arrested on suspicion of making bomb hoax after passenger plane lands at Manchester airport

Pilot reported a possible suspicious device on board


A man has been arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat after a passenger plane landed Tuesday with a military fighter escort at Britain's Manchester Airport.

There were 269 passengers and 13 crewmembers on board Qatar Airways Flight 23 from Doha, Qatar, which landed safely at the airport.

Qatar Airways said its crew received a threat about a possible device on board.

“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,” Police Chief Superintendent John O'Hare said.

Officers are responding to the scene. Takeoffs and landings at the airport were temporarily suspended.

“The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is our top priority,” the airline said in a statement. “As this is a matter of a police investigation, we cannot comment further at this time.”