British air force jet escorts passenger plane to airport
August 6, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
LONDON--A passenger plane was escorted into a British airport by a Royal Air Force (RAF) jet on Tuesday after the pilot reported a suspicious device on board, with police treating the incident as a “full emergency.”
Footage of the incident appeared to show an RAF Typhoon jet escorting a Qatar Airways Airbus A330 to Manchester Airport in northwest England.
“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,” said a chief superintendent of Greater Manchester Police.
“We don't know how genuine this threat is but it is absolutely vital we deal with the situation as a full emergency,” he added.
Police said the plane had landed and that they “and other agencies” were dealing with the situation.
A witness told Sky News that the airport was “on lock-down” and that no planes were landing or taking off.