Posted on August 6, 2014
RAF fighter jet scrambled to ‘bomb threat’ passenger plane in Manchester
Passenger jet forced to land after crew were reportedly passed a bomb threat note by a man later arrested on suspicion of a hoax
An RAF Typhoon fighter was scrambled to escort a passenger plane into Manchester Airport after the crew received a threat about a “device” on board.
In what turned out to be a suspected hoax, Greater Manchester Police launched a “full emergency” response as officers did not “know how genuine this threat is”.
The plane involved was a Qatar Airways Airbus A330-300 with 282 people on board and the RAF plane was a Typhoon from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.
Sources said the alert began when cabin crew on the flight from Qatar were passed a note by a passenger. The note was passed to the captain, who alerted air traffic controllers and scrambled the quick reaction alert Typhoon jet.