Man held on suspicion of hoax bomb threat


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A CHESTER man claims he read a report online of a bomb scare on his plane before it was announced to passengers.

Matt Cox was one of 269 passengers on board the Qatar Airways Airbus A330-30 that was escorted into Manchester Airport by fighter jets yesterday afternoon.

Posting a link to a story by the BBC, he wrote on Twitter: “Apparently I’m in the plane that got escorted by a fighter jet; flight QR23 from Doha. Would have been nice to have been told!”

Greater Manchester Police treated the incident as a “full emergency” and armed officers boarded the plane shortly after 1pm. A man on the Doha to Manchester plane was arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat.

Mr Cox 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.”

In a statement, Qatar Airways said: “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.”

Normal operations resumed at the airport from around 2pm.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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