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Man sectioned over plane bomb hoax

A man, 47, arrested on suspicion of making a bomb threat on board a plane has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

He was a passenger on board a Qatar Airways flight escorted into Manchester Airport by a Typhoon fighter jet. The airport was shut down while the plane was checked but no device was found.

Following his arrest he was assessed by medical staff and again by a mental health team. He was subsequently sectioned to allow for a fuller assessment and appropriate treatment.

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Passengers 'were frightened by bomb rumours'

Another passenger aboard the Qatar Airways flight escorted into Manchester Airport today says children on board were crying amid "rumours there's a bomb on the plane".

Aureng Zeb, left, outside Manchester Airport today. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Aurang Zeb, 60, returning from a holiday to his home in Bradford, said: "I thought there was something wrong because there was a jet flying so near."

Mr Zeb said the plane landed and was taken to an area well away from the terminal and other planes, where they waited for 45 minutes then moved again closer to the terminal.

"Then I saw all the police with guns. Lots of police everywhere," he added.

Mr Zeb said two armed police then came on and removed the suspect passenger, after sitting him up and telling him: 'Put your hands up'.

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47-year-old man held over 'hoax bomb threat'

Police say the passenger held over an alleged bomb threat hoax on a Qatar Airways plane today is a 47-year-old man from the north-west.

“The incident arose when the pilot received information about a possible device on board the plane having been handed a note from a passenger," Greater Manchester Police said.

A full search of the aircraft had now been completed with nothing suspicious found, the force said.

Police say the man has been arrested on suspicion of making a bomb hoax and remains in custody for questioning.

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Passenger tells ITV News: I asked myself, 'Is this real?'

A passenger onboard the plane which had to be escorted into land after a hoax bomb threat, has told ITV Granada Reports that he was 'terrified' when he saw the RAF typhoon jets, and asked himself: 'Is this moment real?'.

Josh Hartley spoke to ITV News after passing through security. He was one of two passengers onboard tweeting pictures and updates from the aircraft.

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