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British air force jet escorts passenger plane to airport

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.

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