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Crew on board Qatar plane 'alerted British authorities'

Crew on board a flight from Doha to Manchester received a threat about a possible device on the aircraft and took "necessary precautions to alert British authorities", a statement from Qatar Airways said.

Qatar Airways can confirm that flight QR23 from Doha to Manchester, an Airbus A330-300, landed safely at Manchester Airport ahead of its scheduled arrival time of 13:15.

There were 269 passengers and 13 Qatar Airways crew on board. The crew onboard had received a threat about a possible device on board and Qatar Airways immediately took all the necessary precautions to alert British authorities.

The crew is now fully assisting police at the airport with their inquiries. The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is our top priority.

As this is a matter of a police investigation, we cannot comment further at this time.

– Qatar Airways

Video shows passenger plane being followed by jet

Some of the clearest video of the plane being escorted into Manchester Airport has been posted online.

The video shows the passenger plane flying over houses as it is followed by the RAF jet.

The plane has since landed and a white male in handcuffs has been led off the Qatar Airways plane by armed police.


Armed police on runway after plane's RAF escort

Armed police were on the runway at Manchester Airport after a Qatar Airways flight landed with an RAF escort.

A passenger on board the flight tweeted:

Police escort man off Qatar Airways plane

A passenger on the Qatar Airways plane which was escorted to Manchester Airport by an RAF jet after the pilot was told about a possible device on board, has tweeted a picture of a suspect being led away by police.

ITV News cannot independently verify this picture.


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