RAF Jet Scrambled in Passenger Flight Bomb Hoax

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.

The Telegraph online reports>

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