“Full emergency” declared in UK’s Manchester Airport

Posted: August 5, 2014 in World News
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Military jets have escorted a passenger plane to Manchester Airport after reports of a possible
device on board.

The Qatar Airways plane was escorted in to land by the Royal Air Force (RAF) following information received by the pilot.

Greater Manchester Police said officers were treating it as a “full emergency” as they did not
know “how genuine this threat is”.

Ch Supt John O’Hare said the safety of those on board was “paramount”.

It is understood the plane involved is an Airbus A330, which was escorted by a Typhoon from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.
‘Comprehensive response’

Ch Supt O’Hare said: “An incoming plane has been
escorted into the airport by the Royal Air Force as a result of information received by the pilot about a possible device on board.

“We don’t know how genuine this threat is but it is absolutely vital we deal with the situation as a full
emergency.

“As a result people will see the police and other agencies at the airport and on the airfield. At this
time I would urge them not to be alarmed.

“Our response will be as comprehensive as it is proportionate, with the safety of those on board and in and around the airport our paramount concern.”

Eye witness Chris Phelan, 42, from Heaton Moor, was in his garden when he heard the roar of a jet
plane before filming it on his camera.

“I looked up and saw what looked like a Typhoon jet flying close to a passenger plane.

“I live on the flight path so I’m used to seeing planes coming into land but it’s the first time this
has ever happened in the four to five years I’ve been here.”

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