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Man sectioned over Manchester Airport flight bomb hoax

A 47-year-old man arrested after a suspected bomb hoax on a Manchester Airport-bound flight has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, Greater Manchester Police said.

A passenger on a Qatar Airways plane, which landed at Manchester Airport with an RAF Typhoon escort, has been arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat.

Fears were initially raised over "a possible device on board" by the pilot on board flight QR23 from Doha, Qatar, as it approached the airport.

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Arrested man 'seemed no different to other passengers'

The man arrested by armed police at Manchester Airport "seemed no different to others on the plane", a fellow passenger has said.

Matthew Qox told the BBC: "Armed police came on and found a guy, searched him and made him stand up with his hands on his head and took him off the plane. He seemed no different to others on the plane, nothing unusual."

He also complained that he had only found out what was going on with the plane by searching on Twitter once the plane had landed at the airport.

"I wish we could have been kept in the loop. At least it's all a hoax, it could have been a lot worse," Mr Qox said.

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